Jordan Peele has no interest in casting 'white dudes' as leads

Lydia FlemingMar 28, 2019

"Not that I don't like white dudes", he said, nodding over to his moderator pal Roberts. Now, Jordan Peele is doing his part to bring that change to horror films, a genre where black characters have notoriously been the most expendable.

With his new film "Us" blasting to an estimated $70.3 million (Sh7.077 billion) opening in North American theaters in one of the best launches ever for a horror film, director Jordan Peele has done it again.

Since no studios dared to release a movie in anticipation of Us, a number of holdovers rounded out domestic box office charts. In his two films, he has introduced the world to Daniel Kaluuya and Lil Rel in Get Out and now Black Panther's Winston Duke. Not that I don't like white dudes.

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'It really is one of the best, greatest pieces of this story, is feeling like we are in this time - a renaissance has happened and proved the myths about representation in the industry are false'.

We always write about how the star system no longer works at the box office, but directors like Peele, Christopher Nolan, Quentin Tarantino and to varying degrees Steven Spielberg; their names alone sell their movies, and designate them as events. Unlike Get Out, which took specific aim at a tight, self-contained issue that was neatly wrapped up by the end, Us is sprawling and purposefully ambiguous, giving the audience just enough to make their own minds up as to what the story is actually about, both figuratively and literally. Unfortunately, MADtv's producers put the kibosh on his move from Fox to NBC. "These producers are making these decisions about art and comedy and they don't know anything about art and comedy", Peele said. Note, Get Out's second weekend dip of 15% was quite rare for a horror pic as they tend to drop on average 60% in weekend 2. Visit Fandango for showtime and ticket information.

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