Universal and Blumhouse are teaming up for another thriller this February, which is always good news for fans of the genre. The studio has found terrific success with horror-thrillers over the past few years, cranking out blockbuster hits with moderately priced budgets. Blumhouse is the same company that brought moviegoers ‘The Visit,’ the ‘Insidious’ series and ‘The Gift,’ and their new release, called ‘Get Out,’ will hit theaters later this winter.
As this article’s title suggests, we couldn’t help but draw parallels to the 1967 classic ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,’ which is a drama-comedy that starred Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier and Katharine Hepburn. In that film a young woman introduces her white family to her African-American fiancee, and almost the same thing happens here. Now imagine that same premise, but everything goes horribly, horrible wrong.
The film, from writer and director Jordan Peele, follows a young African-American man who is visiting his white girlfriend’s family estate for the first time. Soon he becomes ensnared in the more sinister “real reason” for the invitation to the house.
Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya, Sicario) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams, Girls), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy (Catherine Keener, Captain Phillips) and Dean (Bradley Whitford, The Cabin in the Woods).
The studio teases the film stating, “At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could have never imagined.”
The film was written and directed by Peele (of Key and Peele) who is no stranger to interracial romances himself. Peele is married to the popular comic Chelsea Peretti, creating a super-spousal team of terrific comedy.
As we mentioned before, Blumhouse’s Jason Blum, as well as Sean McKittrick (Donnie Darko, The Box), are producing the film. Peele and Edward H. Hamm Jr. (The Box, Bad Words) are also attached.
The film also stars Caleb Landry Jones (X-Men series), Milton “Lil Rel” Howery (The Carmichael Show), Betty Gabriel (The Purge: Election Year), Marcus Henderson (Pete’s Dragon) and Keith Stanfield (Straight Outta Compton).