A merry Christmas to those who celebrate! Jordan Peele and Universal Pictures have a gift for us all: the first trailer for Us, the Oscar-winning writer-director’s most-anticipated sophomore effort, following his breakthrough debut feature Get Out.
The trailer, of course, peels away a bit of the mystery surrounding Peele’s new “social thriller,” so you’ll want to avoid it if you prefer to go in fresh. Its YouTube description offers the following detailed synopsis:
Set in present day along the iconic Northern California coastline, Us, from Monkeypaw Productions, stars Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o as Adelaide Wilson, a woman returning to her beachside childhood home with her husband, Gabe (Black Panther’s Winston Duke), and their two children (Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex) for an idyllic summer getaway.
Haunted by an unexplainable and unresolved trauma from her past and compounded by a string of eerie coincidences, Adelaide feels her paranoia elevate to high-alert as she grows increasingly certain that something bad is going to befall her family.
After spending a tense beach day with their friends, the Tylers (Emmy winner Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker, Cali Sheldon, Noelle Sheldon), Adelaide and her family return to their vacation home. When darkness falls, the Wilsons discover the silhouette of four figures holding hands as they stand in the driveway. Us pits an endearing American family against a terrifying and uncanny opponent: doppelgängers of themselves.
Set to Luniz’s “I Got 5 on It,” the trailer reveals the thrust of Us: The Wilson family are terrorized by … themselves. In addition to the actors credited above, Us stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Anna Diop and Madison Curry.
Peele teased the release of today’s trailer on Christmas Eve night, first promising a “6am est” debut before later replacing that tweet with another saying “6am pst,” much to the chagrin of tired pop culture writers everywhere who had already set that early alarm and drifted off. But considering all the excitement swirling around Us, we can hardly complain.
Peele wrote and directed Us, and produces for his own Monkeypaw Productions with Sean McKittrick and Jason Blum, as well as Monkeypaw’s Ian Cooper. Tickets are on sale now, if you need a last-last-minute Christmas gift.
Universal Pictures brings Us to theaters on March 15, 2019. Watch the trailer below and catch up on everything we know about the film so far here.