Jordan Peele Doesn't See Himself Ever Casting A White Lead

Celebs March 28, 2019 By Alex

Jordan Peele has candidly admitted that he can't see himself ever casting a white lead.

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In a revealing interview with CBR, the 40-year-old filmmaker said that his goal was always to write and direct black-focused features with black actors as the leads.

"The way I look at it, I get to cast black people in my movies. I feel fortunate to be in this position where I can say to Universal, 'I want to make a $20 million horror movie with a black family.' And they say yes.

"I don't see myself casting a white dude as the lead in my movie. Not that I don't like white dudes, but I've seen that movie."

Peel's latest offering Us is another movie of his that focuses on an African-American family, and it has already taken more than $70 million in its opening weekend.

While Get Out was a word of mouth indie hit, Us had a considerable studio backing and is already the biggest ever opening for an original horror.

The critical consensus is also positive, with the movie holding a 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Us centres around the family of female protagonist Adelaide Wilson (Lupita Nyong'o) as they battle a group of ominous figures on a family day out to the beach. They are then surrounded by a series of identical mirror images of the family, making for a riveting, suspenseful drama.

"You always have to start with something that scares you. The idea of encountering myself with no warning always just dropped my stomach out from under me, so that was the first thing I thought of," he said in another interview with the BBC.

"When you're writing a horror movie, you want to take something like that that works on a primal level.

"The fear of the doppelgänger is really the fear of self - the fear of that which we suppress as individuals. What is the shadow version of ourselves?"

Writing for The Wall Street Journal, Joe Morgenstern had nothing but praise for the horror flick. "It's compulsory seeing for everyone who loves the horror genre, the movie medium and the notion of saying sage things about contemporary life without straying from entertainment's twisty path."

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