Jordan Peele's Nope Debuts a Final, Enigmatic Trailer
Universal Pictures dropped the final trailer for Jordan Peele's latest horror film Nope.
The chilling video gives audiences a peek at James Haywood and Jill Haywood (Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer, respectively) as they attempt to come to terms with a strange entity residing in the skies about the horse ranch they look after. After a seemingly extraterrestrial being kills their father, the pair begin investigating the alien activity in the area, but what they ultimately discover remains a mystery. Along the way, they'll enlist the help of Ricky "Jupe" Park (Steven Yeun) and Angel Torres (Brandon Perea) as the strange UFO sightings begin to spiral out of control.
Directed and written by Peele, Nope has caused a stir amongst horror fans due to its cryptic marketing. Many of the film's posters have included obtuse iconographies, such as a string of flags trailing out of a cloud and a horse levitating amongst wanton debris. While the trailers have heavily focused on the inclusion of aliens, many fans suspect that something more human will ultimately prevail as the true threat, continuing themes seen in Peele's previous films Get Out and Us.
Even the title Nope has led to rampant speculation amongst moviegoers, many of whom believe it to be an acronym of Not Of Planet Earth. Peele debunked these theories, stating that the movie's title was meant to reflect the audience's reaction during some of the story's creepier moments. "I like the titles that are in tune with how the audiences are feeling and reflect on what they're thinking and feeling in the theater," Peele said.
Peele went on to describe how he wants the audience to respond to his work, noting that he thinks his films are best enjoyed in cinemas in the presence of other people. "I love a rapt audience, whatever it is. I love an audience that's cringing or cowering or laughing," Peele said. "Roller coasters aren't fun alone. Laughing isn't fun alone. Being scared isn't fun alone. You need that energy and it heightens the ride."
Originally making a name for himself as one half of the beloved sketch comedy duo Key & Peele (alongside Keegan-Michael Key), Peele's directorial debut Get Out earned widespread acclaim from fans and critics alike. This was followed up by Us, another horror movie that impressed audiences with its tight writing and compelling story.
Nope hits theaters on July 22.