Peele, who is taking on writing and directing duties, revealed the film’s title and poster on Thursday morning, in a tweet that was adorned with nothing but an ominous cloud emoji.
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Other than the poster’s tagline, which describes “Nope” as “a new terror from the mind of Academy Award winner Jordan Peele,” little to no information has been made public about the upcoming film. We do know, however, that Daniel Kaluuya, who landed an Oscar nomination for Peele’s first film “Get Out,” is starring in “Nope” alongside Keke Palmer and “Minari” actor Steven Yeun.
The Universal Pictures film is scheduled to debut in theaters on July 22, 2022. The poster denotes that “Nope” will only be available in theaters, which is a deviation from recent summer releases such as Disney’s “Black Widow” and “Cruella” and the Warner Bros. offerings “Godzilla vs. Kong” and “Space Jam: A New Legacy.” In the middle of the pandemic, Universal affirmed its commitment to theatrical by forging a deal with several movie theater chains. The multi-year pact gives the studio the flexibility to move its films to premium video-on-demand platforms after at least 17 days on the big screen.
Peele is also producing the film alongside Ian Cooper of Monkeypaw Productions. Universal Pictures is distributing “Nope,” marking Peele’s third collaboration with the studio. The project falls under the company’s five-year output deal with Universal.
With only two feature film credits to his name, Peele has an enviable box office track record. His directorial debut, the 2017 psychological horror film “Get Out,” was a critical and commercial smash. The film, also featuring Allison Williams, Lil Rel Howery and Bradley Whitford, grossed $255 million in global ticket sales and earned four Oscar nominations. His follow-up film, 2019’s “Us,” a creepy thriller about a family that is attacked by a group of doppelgängers, also generated $255 million worldwide.
As a film producer, Peele has backed Spike Lee’s Oscar-nominated “BlacKkKlansman,” as well as the upcoming “Candyman” remake, starring Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and directed by Nia DaCosta.
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