South by Southwest is going to be an exciting event this year. It was confirmed earlier today that Jordan Peele’s upcoming horror-thriller “US” will have its world premiere at the big event. SXSW is scheduled to start in Austin, TX on March 8th.
The film will be Peele’s big thriller follow-up to “Get Out,” which premiered in theaters in 2017 and served as Peele’s directorial debut. “US” is being distributed by Universal Pictures, and is scheduled to release domestically on March 15, 2019.
“US” didn’t debut at SXSW; instead the studio brought the film to the Sundance Film Festival where it received high praise from both attendees and critics. That movie won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay and made over $255M at the global box office.
“US” will be the second thriller in as many years to take the stage at SXSW. Last year, Paramount Pictures brought “A Quiet Place” to the event to scare up some buzz before launching in theaters nationwide. The marketing worked and “A Quiet Place” made over $340M at the global box office.
The SXSW social networks confirmed the news on Twitter adding “#WatchYourself The visionary director behind Get Out is bringing his latest to #SXSW. Announcing @JordanPeele’s #UsMovie as our 2019 Opening Night Film!”
“US” is set in present day along the iconic Northern California coastline. The film stars Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o as Adelaide Wilson, a woman returning to her beachside childhood home with her husband, Gabe (Black Panther’s Winston Duke), and their two children (Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex) for an idyllic summer getaway.
Haunted by an unexplainable and unresolved trauma from her past and compounded by a string of eerie coincidences, Adelaide feels her paranoia elevate to high-alert as she grows increasingly certain that something bad is going to befall her family.
After spending a tense beach day with their friends, the Tylers (Emmy winner Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker, Cali Sheldon, Noelle Sheldon), Adelaide and her family return to their vacation home. When darkness falls, the Wilsons discover the silhouette of four figures holding hands as they stand in the driveway.
The studio teases the film adding “Us pits an endearing American family against a terrifying and uncanny opponent: doppelgängers of themselves.”
Peele is producing the film for his Monkeypaw Productions alongside Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, and Monkeypaw’s Ian Cooper.
As for the rest of the SXSW Film Festival, the Feature slate will be announced on January 16th. The Midnighters, Festival Favorites, Shorts, Episodic Pilot Competition, Virtual Cinema, Music Videos, and Title Sequence Competition will be announced on February 6th.