Universal Pictures surprised thriller fans with a new trailer for “US” on Superbowl Sunday. The film will be Jordan Peele’s big follow-up to “Get Out,” and is expected to release next month. “US” is gearing up for its big premiere at the SXSW festival in March, where it will kick off the big event before opening in theaters nationwide.
The world premiere will be on March 8th and the SXSW festival takes place in Austin, Texas. “Get Out” was the directorial debut for Peele and the film was an instant hit both domestically and in international markets. “Get Out” 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” is being distributed by Universal Pictures, and is scheduled to release domestically on March 15, 2019.
“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.
“US” is set in the 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.