Jordan Peele Reveals ‘Nope’ Is About ‘Our Addiction to Spectacle and the Insidious Nature of Attention’
Jordan Peele isn't one to share any secrets about his films, but in a new interview he opened up about some of the themes that will drive his latest film, Nope, saying it's a film about our fascination and even "addiction." after spectacle be .
The latest trailer for Nope provided a little more plot details and glimpses into Peele's latest film, revealing that it's about a pair of siblings who witness the ominous presence of a UFO on their ranch. But like "Get Out" and "Us," the horror film is bound to be more thoughtful and purposeful than that.
"I wanted to do a spectacle, something that would promote my favorite art form and my preferred way of seeing that art form: the theatrical experience," Peele said in an interview with Empire. “When I started writing the screenplay, I began to concern myself with the nature of spectacle, our addiction to spectacle, and the insidious nature of attention. So that's what it's about. And it's about a brother and a sister and healing their relationship.”
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Peele also explained the reasoning behind the Eadweard Muybridge piece with which he opened the first trailer. Showing a black man on horseback, the clip is the first-ever series of photographs strung together to create a moving image. In the film, Keke Palmer's character claims that black people have had "skin in the game" in the film business from the very beginning — but Peele had a reason beyond trivial reasons to include it.
"We know who Eadweard Muybridge is, the man who created the clip, but we don't know who this guy on the horse is. He's the first movie star, the first animal trainer, the first stunt driver of all time on film, and no one knows who he is," Peele said. “That erasure is part of what the main characters in this film are trying to correct. They try to take their rightful place as part of the spectacle. And what the film is also about is the toxic nature of attention and the insidiousness of our human addiction to spectacle.”
Nope opens in theaters July 22 and also stars Daniel Kaluuya and Steven Yeun.
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