Since ending their hit sketch comedy series, “Key and Peele”, creators Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele have remained in the spotlight with various roles in films and tv shows. The comedy duo recently starred together in their very first feature film titled, ‘Keanu’. Now, Jordan Peele is presenting his first solo project and directorial debut with horror thriller, ‘Get Out’. Last year Peele spoke about his desire to blend social issues and horror.
“People know me for my work in comedy, but now I’ll get to focus on my passion for writing and directing horror films. Like comedy, horror has the 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 in the genre since Night of the Living Dead, 47 years ago. It’s long overdue,” said Peele in a statement.
The story, which was written by Peele, centers around Chris (Daniel Kaluuya, Sicario) and Rose (Allison Williams, Girls), a happy interracial couple with plans to visit Rose’s parents at their sprawling family estate. Immediately, we’re aware of Chris’ anxiety about meeting Rose’s parents who are white and we get a glimpse of the casual racism he encounters on the trip there.
Upon arriving, it becomes apparent that Rose’s father (Bradley Whitford) and Mother (Catherine Keener) along with the overly friendly neighbors are hiding something sinister. Chris seems relieved when he meets other black people in the neighborhood but quickly realizes that they are behaving very strangely. Then, Chris’ friend alerts him that many black people have gone missing from the area and it appears that Chris will have to fight for his life if he wants to escape this bizaare reality. The film co-stars Caleb Landry (X-Men:First Class) , Lil Rel Howery (The Carmichael Show) and Keith Stanfield (Atlanta).
Blumhouse Productions, best known for ‘Paranormal Activity’, ‘Insidious’, and ‘The Visit’ is producing the film. ‘Get Out’ will be released in theaters on February 27, 2017.
Watch the trailer and let us know what you thought about Peele’s racially charged horror-thriller!