Academy Award winner Jordan Peele's upcoming movie Us is getting even bigger as stars from Aquaman and Titans join the cast. The upcoming social thriller, which will be the second film written and directed by Peele, has been heavily hyped up and is slated to hit theaters this coming March.
Us already has a notable cast with such actors as Elisabeth Moss, Lupita N'yong'o, Winston Duke, and Tim Heidecker. It's Peele's follow-up to 2017's box office smash Get Out, which grossed $225 million worldwide on a reported budget of only $4.5 million. The film, which has been praised for its social commentary, received nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor (Daniel Kaluuya), Best Director (Peele), and gave Peele his first Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. And now, it looks like the movie has added even more stars to its cast.
Deadline reports that Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Anna Diop have been added to the cast. Abdul-Mateen II's credits not only include The Greatest Showman, First Match, and Netflix’s The Get Down, but he will also play Black Manta in this year's Aquaman. Diop, who has played significant roles on shows such as Bosch and Legacy, will be one of the stars in the upcoming television show Titans, where she will play the role of Starfire.
Though the plot of Us is unknown, expectations are very high for the upcoming film. Get Out, which has a 99 percent Rotten Tomatoes rating, was a brilliant horror film that differentiated itself by using social commentary to create psychotic scenes. The film made people uncomfortable and intrigued at the same time. It proved that low-budget films could succeed on a massive scale - and not just in terms of box office gross - if they have a great story. Fans hope that Peele can create the same type of psychotic brain-churning thriller with Us.
There is a possibility that Peele, as other directors have before, could suffer from the "sophomore slump" after finding such success with his first film. Other big-time directors who suffered the sophomore slump include Richard Kelly, who followed-up Donnie Darko with the 2006 film Southland Tales. Then, there's Neil Blompkamp, whose 2013 film Elysium was considered a major disappointment after he found success with 2009's District 9. Spike Lee suffered the sophomore slump with his 1988 film School Daze, but still went on to become one of the most iconic directors ever. Jordan Peele's continued success isn't guaranteed, but his talent should overcome any future obstacles he may face.
- Us (2019) release date: Mar 22, 2019