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Key & Peele reunite as wise-cracking demons in first footage from Netflix's 'Wendell & Wild'

The minds behind 'Key & Peele' and 'Coraline' have something new to show you.

By Matthew Jackson
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Way back in 2015, acclaimed director Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas) announced his first feature film as director since Coraline in 2009. A few years later, budding horror luminary Jordan Peele and Peele's comedy partner, Keegan-Michael Key, signed on to collaborate with Selick on the project. The result is Wendell & Wild, a supernatural comedy with quite the behind-the-scenes pedigree. We've known about the project for some time, but now it's finally on its way to release with a new teaser, a viral playlist, and a rough release date. 

Key and Peele, who first rose to the spotlight thanks to their acclaimed Comedy Central sketch series Key & Peele back in 2012, will voice the title characters in the film, a pair of demons who manage to escape the Underworld and enter our world. Once there, they'll have more obstacles to contend with, including a punk rock-blaring, demon-hunting teenager named Kat, who sets out to destroy them. 

Netflix dropped the first brief teaser for the film on Thursday morning, which focuses on the demon brothers, a bug, and some very strange paste.

Check it out below:

The streamer also dropped a link to "Kat's Boombox," a YouTube playlist blasting Afro-Punk songs, with a warning to "keep an eye" on it, possibly for future footage slipped in among the music.

In addition to co-starring in the film, Peele is also a co-writer and co-producer through his Monkeypaw Productions banner, adding Wendell & Wild to an ever-growing list of genre projects that also includes this year's horror hit Candyman and Peele's own upcoming third horror feature as director, NOPE. But that's not the only reason to keep an eye on Wendell & Wild. The film marks arguably the biggest collaboration between Key & Peele since they capped off their Comedy Central run with the action-comedy film Keanu in 2016.

They've worked together on other things since (including Toy Story 4 voice work), but Wendell & Wild feels like a special collaboration after years of working on separate projects as well. It's also, as previously mentioned, the first feature film from Selick since he released Coraline more than a decade ago, which means it's the return of one of the brightest minds in animation. 

Wendell & Wild hits Netflix in 2022.