Jordan Peele has directed two box-office hits— 2017’s Get Out and 2019’s Us. Both films featured Black leads, and according to Peele, people of color will continue to be No. 1 on the call sheet for many of his future projects.
While speaking to The Hollywood Reporter (THR), Peele acknowledged that he doesn’t see himself “casting a white dude as the lead” in any of his upcoming films because he’s “seen that movie before.”
“The way I look at it,” Peele said of horror flick Us, “I get to cast black people in my movies. I feel fortunate to be in this position where I can say to Universal, ‘I want to make a $20 million horror movie with a black family.’ And they say yes.”
This Is Us actor Sterling K. Brown quickly showed his support for the move, volunteering himself via Twitter to be featured in Peele’s next hit.
The film, starring Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke, also broke the record for highest-grossing opening weekend for an original R-rated film, beating out 2012 comedy Ted.
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.