After a suspiciously quiet last couple of years, comedian and horror filmmaker Jordan Peele is back to frighten the living daylights out of us once again with a brand new tale of terror. His latest feature film is called Nope, it releases on July 22, 2022, and that’s all the details we know—aside from a mysterious poster and a stellar-sounding cast.
Like Us and the Oscar-winning Get Out before, the cryptically titled Nope is written and directed by Peele and sees him again teaming up with Get Out‘s Daniel Kaluuya (who recently won an Oscar himself for Judas and the Black Messiah). The film will also star Keke Palmer (Scream Queens, MTV’s Scream) and Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead, Mayhem).
Peele tweeted out the film’s poster on July 21st with nothing but a cloud emoji to accompany it. The poster depicts a mysterious dark cloud with a trail of flags beneath it, floating above what looks like an equally mysterious carnival, or maybe a small town. Clearly, we’ll all learn much more about how this image fits into this story as the release date draws closer, but for now, we’re left to wonder what Peele, Kaluuya, Palmer, and Yeun have in store for us.
Peele is also producing Nope through his own Monkeypaw Productions alongside Ian Cooper, and Universal will be distributing it as part of Monkeypaw’s five-year output deal with them. Aside from Peele’s own directorial work, he and his company have most recently produced Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman and Nia DaCosta’s upcoming spin on Candyman, but they’ve been active ever since Peele became a star alongside Keegan-Michael Key on Comedy Central’s Key & Peele.
Peele’s track record has been nothing but hits so far—Get Out and Us were both smart, humorous, and uniquely frightening films that have scored widespread critical acclaim and have both grossed $255 million in ticket sales (and are among my personal favorite horror movies of the last few years). The Oscar nominations and wins for Get Out were themselves a big win for horror, which doesn’t usually get a lot of representation at the major awards shows. I can only hope that Nope manages to hit (if not clear) the high bar Peele has set with its predecessors, and with a cast like this, I fully expect him to deliver another absolute banger of a movie.
Nope will be released exclusively to theaters on July 22, 2022. I have a feeling a lot of us will just be rewatching Get Out and Us on repeat until then.