Jordan Peele: I wanted to explore something other than race in new horror film Us

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 21: Actor Jordan Peele attends the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. 27522_011 (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Turner Image)
As Jordan Peele releases his sinister horror Us, Georgia Humphreys talks to him and stars Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke about the making of a modern horror

Jordan Peele’s directorial debut Get Out wasn’t just a box-office success – it redefined the horror genre. A socially-conscious thriller, which won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 2018, it explores what it means to be black in America, as a young black man uncovers a disturbing secret while meeting the family of his white girlfriend.

Now, New Yorker Peele is back with Us, another original nightmare that he has written, directed and produced.

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“I wanted to explore something other than race and to show the wide range of horror films that I have,” the 40-year-old suggests when asked about the inspiration behind the film.

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“I have this fear of a doppelganger. And so when you have a real fear as a horror movie creator/director, then you know you have something that you can nurture and exploit for an audience.”

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