"I’ve been spending the first half of my career focusing on comedy but my goal, in all honesty, is to write and direct horror movies. I have one that I’m working on with Darko Entertainment called ‘Get Out’ – I don’t want to say too much about it, but it is one of the very, very few horror movies that does jump off of racial fears. That to me is a world that hasn’t been explored. Specifically, the fears of being a black man today. The fears of being any person who feels like they’re a stranger in any environment that is foreign to them. It deals with a protagonist that I don’t see in horror movies" – Jordan Peele told Playboy in an interview with the magazine earlier this year.
Nothing says "horror" in America (much of the world, really) than these 2 words: "black man." Recent news headlines tell the sordid tale.
All we know of the plot at this point is that the story follows a young African American man as he visits his white girlfriend’s family estate. And then some *interesting* things happen, I’m sure. Peele added in a press release a couple of months ago, "Like comedy, horror has an ability to provoke thought and further the conversation on real social issues in a very powerful way… ‘Get Out’ takes on the task of exploring race in America, something that hasn’t really been done within the genre since ‘Night of the Living Dead’ 47 years ago. It’s long overdue."
So it looks like this will be *serious* horror, and not a horror comedy, as you might expect from the comedian, and I’m happy about that.
Earlier this month, Peele cast "Girls" co-star Allison Williams, as the white girlfriend.
After that announcement, I wondered whether Peele would play the African American man, or whether he’ll only work behind the camera on this one, and cast another actor to star. It looks like it’ll be the latter, as British actor Daniel Kaluuya has been cast as the male lead in "Get Out," it was announced today.
Kaluuya has certainly been busy on both sides of the pond, with recent big and small screen projects including roles in "Sicario," "Babylon," "Kick-Ass 2" and more.
Peele has teamed up with QC Entertainment and Blumhouse Productions to produce the horror movie, which will be titled "Get Out," which Peele wrote and will direct. I’m certainly looking forward to whatever he’s cooking up for us here.
Deadline was first to report the news of Kaluuya’s casting today.