There’s still a lot we don’t know about Jordan Peele’s Us, but the writer-director has decided to provide a little light on what we can generally expect from the film. First of all, he said the film isn’t necessarily about race.
“The movie itself is answering that question,” he said to Empire Magazine. “I can’t say it’s not specifically about race, but I don’t want to go too deep into its meaning because it’s there for everybody to discover on their own.”
Peele’s first film, Get Out, was undoubtedly about race. However, Peele wants to change the narrative about how we view Blackness in film. In this case, he wants to create a film where the characters’ Blackness isn’t a political point–it just is.
“There hasn’t been a horror film about a Black family, that I can remember. I think that’s an important thing to note. We have a lot of films in this genre where a family meets a monster, but the fact we’ve never seen a Black family in that situation is a problem to me,” he said. “There’s a presumption in the industry that if Black people are the leads in a film it has to be in some way about race. I wanted to show that we can push past that.”
Us which stars Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke, follows a family who goes on what is supposed to be a relaxing vacation. Instead, they come face to face with The Tethered, group of individuals who look exactly like each member of the family. Us comes to theaters March 21.