Everything We Know About Jordan Peele's 'Us'

Jordan Peele’s new horror movie ‘Us’ hits theaters on March 22. Here’s everything we know about the movie, teasers, hidden meanings, & more.

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Writer and director Jordan Peele has made an incredible career transition from acclaimed sketch comedy star to acclaimed horror filmmaker. After Mad TV and Key & Peele—which netted Peele both an Emmy and a Peabody—he wrote and directed Get Out, a horror film and dark satire of so-called post-racial America that won him an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.

Now, Peele and his production company, Monkey Paw Productions, have the creative freedom to make whatever they please. Peele is producing and hosting a Twilight Zone reboot on CBS All-Access, and producing a new series, Lovecraft Country, for HBO. Most notably, he's writing and directing his second horror feature film, Us, due out on March 22, 2019.

The details of the film—about a vacationing family being stalked by its doppelgangers—are sparse, but tantalizing. The marketing for Us has been uncommonly creative and creepy, ranging from evocative trailers to unsettling posters to ads that change, depending on the angle you view them at.

Here is everything you need to know about Us, one of the most anticipated films of 2019.

A Twilight Zone episode inspired ‘Us’

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It's a relatively low-budget affair


It stars Winston Duke and Lupita Nyong'o

Winston Duke

Peele had Nyong'o watch horror films to prepare

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The Luniz' "I Got 5 On It" makes a special appearance

Lupita N'yongo and Winston Duke in Jordan Peele's 'Us'

One of the first things viewers gravitated towards in the first Us trailer was the use of the Luniz's 1995 smash "I Got 5 On It," which was reworked into a sinister classical version by trailer's end. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly after the trailer dropped, Peele explained why he wanted to use this song.

That song, it came pretty simple, I’m making a movie in Northern California, that’s a bay area hip-hop classic and I wanted to explore this very relatable journey of being a parent [and] maybe some of the songs you listened to back in the day aren’t appropriate for your kids. So that was one level, and another part was, I love songs that have a great feeling but also have a haunting element to them and I feel like the beat in that song has this inherent cryptic energy, almost reminiscent of the Nightmare on Elm Street soundtrack. So those were the ideas that that song hit the bullseye on for me, and also, it’s just a dope track.

Haunting, indeed. The Us soundtrack has two versions of this new reimagining of "I Got 5 On It": One called the "Tethered" mix, which actually morphs the original into the eerie, string-led version, and a second, entitled "Pas De Deux," which is the full, sinister orchestral take on the sample of Club Nouveau's "Why You Treat Me So Bad" used in "I Got 5 On It." Listen to both below.

The film explores deeper themes


‘Us’ isn't about race


Industrial Light and Magic is handling the special effects


It's scarier than 'Get Out'

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There are already lots of conspiracy theories about the plot


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