On Wednesday, March 20th, Jordan Peele, Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke visited the epicenter of Black Excellence – Howard University in Washington D.C. to give around 1,500 students a first-look at US at Howard’s Cramton Auditorium. This screening was the talk of the entire campus, with excitement at an all time high.
Immediately following the screening, there was a cast Q&A which was moderated by Rhea Combs, Curator of Film for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture. Rhea spoke to the cast about the dual roles they play as well as Lupita Nyong’o in her first leading role. Jordan Peele discussed the importance of having Gabe’s character wear a Howard sweatshirt to showcase the family’s attachment to Blackness and Lupita and Winston also talked about their experience working together again.
The cast ended their night taking photos in Howard sweatshirts holding hands. A nod to the Hands Across America moment in the movie.
US – In Theaters March 22, 2019
After sending shockwaves across contemporary culture and setting a new standard for provocative, socially-conscious horror films with his directorial debut, Get Out, Academy Award®-winning visionary Jordan Peele returns with another original nightmare that he has written, directed and produced.
Set in present day along the iconic Northern California coastline, Us, from Monkeypaw Productions, stars Oscar® winner Lupita Nyong’o as Adelaide Wilson, a woman returning to her beachside childhood home with her husband, Gabe (Black Panther’s Winston Duke), and their two children (Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex) for an idyllic summer getaway.
Haunted by an unexplainable and unresolved trauma from her past and compounded by a string of eerie coincidences, Adelaide feels her paranoia elevate to high-alert as she grows increasingly certain that something bad is going to befall her family.
After spending a tense beach day with their friends, the Tylers (Emmy winner Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker, Cali Sheldon, Noelle Sheldon), Adelaide and her family return to their vacation home. When darkness falls, the Wilsons discover the silhouette of four figures holding hands as they stand in the driveway. Us pits an endearing American family against a terrifying and uncanny opponent: doppelgängers of themselves.
Photo Credit: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for Universal Pictures