Having also written the film, Peele brings together Black Panther veterans Lupita Nyong'o and Winston Duke as Adelaide and Gabe Wilson, a married couple hoping to enjoy a relaxing weekend with their kids at a beach house in Northern California.
Also present are family friends Mr. and Mrs. Tyler (played by Tim Heidecker and Elisabeth Moss). Cursed with the lingering anxiety that something terrible will befall her family (due to past trauma), Adelaide's worst fears come true when a group of hand-holding, scissor-carrying folks appear in the driveway of the beach house. Did we mention that they're evil doppelgängers of Adelaide and her family, copies that won't stop until they kill all of their lookalikes?
It looks like the question of what these things are and where they come from will be part of the movie's central mystery. If it's got anything to do with the Armitages and Coagula from Get Out, we may just have the stirrings of a Peele Cinematic Universe on our hands.
Watch the unsettling trailer below:
The title, Us, finally makes sense, as the Wilsons will literally be fighting against themselves, albeit crazed and psychotic versions of who they really are. Twilight Zone fans may recognize a passing resemblance to "Mirror Image," an episode in which a young woman faces off against a malevolent copy of herself at a bus station. It is very fitting that Peele would take inspiration from such a premise, since he is currently working on a reboot of Rod Serling's genre anthology for CBS All Access.
Serling, however, is just the tip of the horrifying iceberg. The filmmaker was also influenced by classics like The Shining, Poltergeist, and The Amityville Horror. In fact, Peele asked Nyong'o to watch The Shining (and nine other horror classics) to help her prepare for shooting Us.
"I love Amblin films, those Spielberg films that brought extraordinary situations to a family unit, and even though this movie is not about race, I felt like it was an important piece of the project to have a black family in the center. Get Out was one missing piece of the racial conversation, and this is another one," Peele told Entertainment Weekly.
Here's the first poster as well:
Produced by Blumhouse and distributed by Universal, Us will begin to scare audiences when it hits theaters March 15.