Jordan Peele, along with his Key and Peele co-star Keegan-Michael Key, has emerged as one the strongest talents working in comedy today, but for his next project he is set to take on an entirely different genre. According to Variety, Peele has been hired to write and direct an upcoming horror-thriller titled Get Out, which will follow “a young African American man who visits his Caucasian girlfriend’s family estate.”
On his upcoming film, Peele said, “People know me for my work in comedy, but now I’ll get to focus on my passion for writing and directing horror films. Like comedy, horror has an ability to provoke thought and further the conversation on real social issues in a very powerful way.” The actor also went on to say that much like 1968’s Night of the Living Dead, Get Out will explore “race in America.”
Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions and Sean McKittrick and Edward H. Hamm Jr. of QC Entertainment are on board to produce the film.
Earlier this month, Comedy Central’s Key and Peele finished up its fifth and final season, as the show’s two main stars decided to call it quits and pursue other projects. Outside of the sketch comedy series, Peele has appeared in numerous movies and TV shows over the past few years, including Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, Fargo, Bob’s Burgers, Rick and Morty and Wanderlust.