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

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And the breakout director kept it real while speaking to aspiring film students and admitted that he doesn't intend to cast white dudes at the helm of any future flicks.

"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".

An image from Jordan's Peele's film Us, which vastly exceeded attendance estimates and is shattering box office records for the horror genre. The biggest inherent selling tool all along for Us was Get Out, and audiences wanted more Peele.

It's fitting that Us, a movie about doubles, is best seen twice, "once to take it all in, and again to pick up all the clues that you missed the first time", as I wrote in my review.

It's natural to compare Us to Get Out: Both are written and directed by Jordan Peele, as well as produced by Jason Blum (of Blumhouse Productions) and Sean McKittrick (of QC Entertainment).

The Universal production, which stars Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke and Elisabeth Moss in the story of a family that encounters horrifying versions of themselves, had the second-best launch of the year, trailing only blockbuster Captain Marvel, Exhibitor Relations said.

The remark drew laughs, but Peele was serious about the inroads black actors can make, according to THR.

In the same UCB conversation, Peele also shared a story about how a failed attempt to join Saturday Night Live's Not Ready for Primetime Players helped lead to his filmmaking career. In response, Peele decided that he needed to produce content and not just appear in it.

"It points out the ugliness and flaws of humanity", Peele said.

"I wanted to be a producer". Note, Get Out's second weekend dip of 15% was quite rare for a horror pic as they tend to drop on average 60% in weekend 2.

Us is now in theaters.

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