Jordan Peele is making horror fans wait just a little bit longer for his latest buzz-worthy film Us. Universal pushed back the Us release date to March 22 after the film secured an opening night slot at SXSW on March 8. Us was originally scheduled to debut on March 15.
The later releases date will also give Us more time to generate buzz in the wake of Marvel Studios’s Captain Marvel, which is sure to sweep the box office on March 8 (and for a couple weeks afterward). The anticipation for Peele’s new film is already immense: the trailer, which dropped on Christmas, has been viewed 10.5 million times on YouTube, and 9.4 million people have seen it on Facebook.
The film stars Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke (both of Black Panther fame) as parents who are taking their two children (Shahadi Wright Joseph and Evan Alex) to the beach for a nice summer getaway. But after spending the day at the beach with friends (played by Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker, Cali Sheldon, and Noelle Sheldon), the family returns to their vacation home to discover terrifying doppelgängers of themselves.
It will be difficult to compete with Peele’s last film, Get Out, which received four Oscar nominations—including best picture—and resulted in Peele winning Best Original Screenplay. On a modest budget of $4.5 million, Get Out raked in over $255 million at the box office.
Still, judging by the Us trailer, we are guaranteed one hell of a ride.