Everything you need to know about Jordan Peele’s Nope

The horror auteur’s first movie in two years has been announced. Here’s your first look at the poster, cast and release date.

by Douglas Greenwood
23 July 2021, 2:45pm

Universal Pictures

Jordan Peele seems to be one of the busiest men in Hollywood. In the past year alone, he’s produced no fewer than four TV shows and movies (Lovecraft Country and Candyman included; written and starred in a forthcoming stop-motion movie from the director of Coraline; and made more than a few voice appearances in Big Mouth. But his last directorial effort, the Lupita Nyong’o-starring döppelganger shocker Us, hit cinemas over two years ago, and we’ve long awaited whatever might follow it. Well, the wait is over and now we know what that is: a new movie called Nope.

Though we’ve heard tricklings of cast details over the past few months, yesterday we got the formal announcement of Us’ follow-up in the form of a poster, cast confirmation and, finally, a title. It might be a while until the film gets a release, but here’s everything we know so far about Jordan Peele’s Nope.

What’s the plot of Nope?

This is something very few people have the inside scoop on. Like many provocative filmmakers — think Gaspar Noé or Julia Ducournau — part of the appeal of Jordan Peele’s movies is a slight sense of the unknown before you watch them. 

The movie’s poster, which dropped yesterday, refers to the movie as a “terror” rather than a “horror”, which may be a signal that the conflicts at the heart of Nope may be more rooted in the real world, rather than using fantasy to reflect real world problems a la Get Out and Us. There’s a cloud with a kite string hanging from it, and an isolated town with what seems like a procession of police cars approaching it. 

Expect to see Nope with very little backstory, if any at all. But we’ll be sure to keep you updated with any glimmers of information we get.

When does filming start?

According to Variety, shooting for Nope started on 7 June in Los Angeles, and is still ongoing. 

What actors are set to appear Nope?

Now, the first thing we learned about Nope was that it would be the project that reunited Jordan Peele with his Get Out lead Daniel Kaluuya. As it stands, we believe Daniel may be the lead in the movie, and he’s joined with a cast of equally hyped actors. 

Steven Yeun, who recently racked up plenty of awards love with Minari, has joined the cast of the movie, as has ‘Sorry to this man’ icon Keke Palmer. Keke is bound to make her biggest splash since her iconic turn in 2019’s Hustlers, which propelled her back to stardom. 

Most recently, Barbie Ferreira of Euphoria fame joined the cast too, meaning there’s a quartet of bonafide, recognisable stars leading up this project. 

When will Nope be released in cinemas?

Nope is set to hit cinemas on 22 July 2022, meaning the movie’s distributor and producer Universal clearly have big hopes for this to become the summer blockbuster of next year. There’s no sign of any preview screenings or festival dates before that. Jordan Peele has a good relationship with the Sundance Film Festival, but it seems unlikely the movie will be done in time to make it to next year’s edition in January. If they’re bothered, perhaps a Cannes Film Festival premiere is possible. If not, expect it to drop in movie theatres much like Us did: riding the word-of-mouth wave. 

Is there a Nope trailer yet?

Don't get ahead of yourself! The film hasn’t even finished shooting yet. We may get some previews or new posters in the next few months, but don’t expect to see any footage from Nope until 2022.

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