For the last couple of years, we’ve been living in a golden age of horror films, in my opinion, from haunting hits like The Conjuring universe to the post-apocalyptic film A Quiet Place and its recent sequel. However, one of the best horror films that have come out in my eyes, by far, is Get Out, directed by the wonderful Jordan Peele.
Since his directorial debut. Peele has been creating some great projects, including another picture he directed with amazing details, Us. But most recently, he’s teased his next horror film, with a cast of Daniel Kuluuya, Keke Palmer, and Steven Yeun already confirmed, but what exactly is Nope going to be about? That remains to be known, but this is everything that we know so far about Peele’s upcoming horror project.
Nope's Release Date Is Set For July 22, 2022
As announced on the poster Peele released to the public on Twitter, Nope is going to be coming out in 2022, specifically July 22, 2022. I know, that feels like forever away right now, but we can at least have that to look forward to with all these upcoming horror movies.
Nope Will Star Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, And Steven Yeun
Thankfully, we were given some information from that poster about who is going to appear in Jordan Peele’s Nope. The upcoming 2022 film is going to star Daniel Kaluuya, Steven Yeun, and Keke Palmer.
These actors have actually already worked with Peele in one way or the other. Daniel Kaluuya was the star of Get Out, where he played Chris Washington alongside Allison Williams' Rose Armitage, gaining worldwide recognition.
Steven Yeun, while he hasn’t worked on a film yet with Jordan Peele prior to Nope, has worked with Peele in television. Back in 2019, when Jordan Peele was rebooting The Twilight Zone series for the fourth time, he actually had Yeun come in as a guest star for one of his episodes, namely the episode “A Traveler.” Following a memorable run on The Walking Dead, Steven Yeun has recently been blowing up in Hollywood, with his Academy-Award-nominated performance in the international film, Minari, so it’s exciting to see him star in a horror film.
Keke Palmer, on the other hand, hasn’t had as much exposure with Jordan Peele’s style prior to her role in Nope, however, she has worked with him in the past. Back in 2013, Palmer actually had a guest role on an episode of Key & Peele, the sketch comedy series created by Jordan Peele and comedian Keegan-Michael Key. Palmer has also had experience in horror after she landed a lead role in the series, Scream Queens.
I’m so excited to see how these three amazing actors work together, especially under Peele’s direction. I have a feeling that Nope just might end up becoming one of the best horror movies, but only time can tell.
Nope Will Also Have Supporting Roles For Barbie Ferreira, Brandon Perea And More
While the original three stars were reported to star in the movie previously and then confirmed with the release of the poster, there have been a couple of other actors who have been confirmed to appear alongside them.
According to Variety, Barbie Ferreira, Brandon Perea, and Michael Wincott are going to be in Nope, though how big of a role they will have is currently unknown.
Ferreira is known for her role in HBO’s Euphoria, where she plays Kat Hernandez, alongside the wonderful Euphoria cast. Brandon Perea had a big role in the Netflix series, The OA, one that was canceled far too soon, in my opinion. Michael Wincott has had famous roles in films such as Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and in Alien: Resurrection.
We don’t know for sure how big of a part these new additions will be playing, but we, at the very least, know that the cast for this film is shaping up really nicely and I’m eager to see them all in Nope together.
Nope’s Premise Is Still Unknown
One of the big pieces of news about Nope is that we truly have no idea what is going to happen in this movie. When Jordan Peele announced the title of the film, all he did was release a pretty ominous poster with a cloud that seems to be in a strange UFO-type shape hovering over a town, with what looks to be a kite string underneath it. But there’s been no premise released, not even a hint of something. We are completely in the dark.
However, that doesn’t mean we can’t theorize about what might happen. With most of Jordan Peele’s works, he’s always had deeper meanings behind the horror, in both Get Out and in Us. It wouldn’t be that much of a shocker if Nope ended up being the exact same way.
But what exactly could Nope really be talking about besides that? Personally, I have a feeling that Jordan Peele might be diving into alien territory with this film. That cloud just looks awfully suspicious and I think we might have a case of some sort of invasion on our hands. Obviously, we know literally nothing, but it’s always fun to think about what might occur. July 2022 can’t come soon enough.
Nope Will Have Moments Filmed With IMAX Cameras
While this doesn’t seem like a big deal, it’s important to keep in mind for the future of Nope and its release. For the last year, a lot of movie companies, namely Disney and Warner Brothers, have been releasing their new films in theaters while also releasing on streaming platforms as well due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. But it seems that Nope will most likely not be moving in that direction.
According to an IMAX article about their "Filmed in IMAX" program, Megan Colligan, the president of IMAX Entertainment, said that filming with IMAX cameras, like what movies like Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame did, allows certain points of the film to be developed exactly as the filmmaker wants it, creating a full movie-going experience.
With this in mind, it’s important to remember that “select sequences” for Nope will be filmed with IMAX cameras, as the poster states. So, it seems that Peele likely filmed the movie with the intention of it going to theaters -- as opposed to streaming -- where the IMAX scenes can be seen at their best.
This is all just speculation at this point, but right now the movie is lined up for a theatrical release, and the poster does state that it'll be "only in theaters."
All of these upcoming 2022 movies have me so excited, but Nope is most certainly at the top of that list. What are you looking forward to the most about the next installment in Jordan Peele’s horror world?