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Things We Saw Today: The Terrifying Trailer for Jordan Peele’s Us Is Here

The long wait for more details about Jordan Peele’s new movie Us is over.

Get Out won writer/director Jordan Peele an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, and we’ve been eagerly awaiting his next movie, Us, rumored to be another eye-opening horror movie. The trailer dropped today, and we also got an extensive synopsis. Just reading this gave me chills.

Set in present day along the iconic Northern California coastline, Us, from Monkeypaw Productions, stars Oscar® winner Lupita Nyong’o as Adelaide Wilson, a woman returning to her beachside childhood home with her husband, Gabe (Black Panther’s Winston Duke), and their two children (Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex) for an idyllic summer getaway.

Haunted by an unexplainable and unresolved trauma from her past and compounded by a string of eerie coincidences, Adelaide feels her paranoia elevate to high-alert as she grows increasingly certain that something bad is going to befall her family.

After spending a tense beach day with their friends, the Tylers (Emmy winner Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker, Cali Sheldon, Noelle Sheldon), Adelaide and her family return to their vacation home. When darkness falls, the Wilsons discover the silhouette of four figures holding hands as they stand in the driveway. Us pits an endearing American family against a terrifying and uncanny opponent: doppelgängers of themselves.

The trailer is just the right level of terrifying and intriguing; I can’t wait to see “the new nightmare” Peele has dreamed up with Us. The cast is incredible, and the doppelgängers premise seems to give the actors an opportunity to play dual roles that are wildly different. Peele is writing and directing again, with Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, and Ian Cooper also producing. Thanks for the Christmas present, Jordan Peele!

Us comes out on March 15, 2019. What’re your thoughts on the Us trailer?

(image: Monkeypaw Productions/Universal Studios)

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Kaila is a lifelong New Yorker. She's written for io9, Gizmodo, New York Magazine, The Awl, Wired, Cosmopolitan, and once published a Harlequin novel you'll never find.