Lupita Nyong’o has seen better days in the first look images shared by Entertainment Weekly for “Us,” Jordan Peele’s new horror movie arriving early next year. She’s bloodied, beaten down and with what looks like handcuffs around her hand, while wielding a bar as a weapon in an underground corridor.
And is that a “Handmaid’s Tale” vibe we’re getting from another image in which Nyong’o and her co-star Winston Duke (“Black Panther”) are standing together in the night in matching red jump suits?
It’s a fitting comparison, because Nyong’o co-stars with Elisabeth Moss in the film that Peele tells EW is a “monster mythology.”
“I wanted to do something that was more firmly in the horror genre but still held on to my love of movies that are twisted but fun,” Peele said.
EW also teased a few more story details about “Us” along with the images of Nyong’o. Nyong’o and Duke play a married couple with two children who spend the day at a summer beach home in Northern California with another family, played by Moss and Tim Heidecker. But Nyong’o has a trauma-filled past of her own, and as they spend more time together, she becomes increasingly paranoid that something bad might befall her family, especially when they witness four figures in red suits standing holding hands at the end of their driveway.
Nyong’o told EW that Peele was on her wishlist of directors to work with and that in preparation, Peele had her watch 10 different horror films, including recent favorites like “The Babadook,” “It Follows” and “Let the Right One In,” as well as classics like “The Birds,” “The Shining” and “The Sixth Sense.”
Duke described his character to EW as a “lovable, but flawed” parent and something of a Homer Simpson-esque father figure. Their children are played by Shahadi Wright Joseph and Evan Alex.
See the first images from “Us” via EW below. “Us” opens on March 15, 2019.