Nope Debuts July 22, 2022

Jordan Peele’s latest feature film Nope is almost here, but the highly-anticipated project is still shrouded in secrecy. There’s just as much mystery about the plot now as there was when the trailer first dropped months ago. However, what we do know is that Nope is redefining how viewers experience supernatural thrillers. Plus with elements of comedy mixed into the scary yet adventurous thriller, there’s something for everybody. 

In Nope, a family living on a California ranch is shocked when an indescribable force begins causing strange things to happen in their isolated small town. Brother OJ Haywood (Daniel Kaluuya) and sister Emerald (Keke Palmer) are used to drama between each other, but this is unlike anything they’ve ever seen. In an attempt to solve the mystery, the siblings join forces to catch whatever is at the center of all the chaos on camera and put a stop to it. With supporting actors Brandon Perea, Michael Wincott, and Steven Yeun added to the ensemble, Nope is positioned to give viewers an extraordinary experience. The film is written and directed by Jordan Peele, the man behind cult favorites Get Out and Us.

As an afro-centric filmmaker, Peele has never shied away from connecting his work to the real world, and this film is no different. With Nope he strikes the difficult balance of leading with the Black experience, without making it the center of the story. Indeed, his nuances of Black culture add flavor to the film in a way that even Peele himself has never captured before. 

“I think it’s impossible to make any movie without it being about race, because race is all around us,” Peele recently told Craig Melvin in an interview with TODAY.  “Race has informed my entire artistic journey. Part of it has been trying to reconcile the box, and the boxes, that this country puts people of color in, and trying to break out of that box,” he shared. As a culture, there are many things we say “nope” to, but somehow skipping this alien thriller isn’t one of them. 

Nope premieres exclusively in theaters Friday, July 22, 2022.