Final “Nope” Trailer Reveals Clever Plot of Jordan Peele’s Alien Horror Film
“What if I told you that today, you’ll leave here different.”
These words, spoken by Ricky ‘Jupe’ Park (Steven Yeun) open the final trailer for Jordan Peele‘s Nope, spoken as we watch a man get on his horse and start to ride off, only to fall right back off and hit the ground. Then we move to the home of the Haywood family, where siblings OJ (Daniel Kaluuya) and Emerald (Keke Palmer) discuss what might have killed their father Otis (Keith David), who was found looking much worse for the wear—including missing an eye. “Bro, what’d you see?” Emerald asks. “Something above the clouds,” OJ replies. “It was big,” he adds. “How big?” “Big.” “You think whatever killed pops is out there?”
The answer, unspoken in the trailer, is an affirmative yes. Finally, we have a real sense of what Peele’s up to with Nope, as the trailer gives us a bit more of the plot, and it’s brilliant. Yes, this is an alien movie. We’ve known that now for a bit. But what the final trailer reveals is how Peele is going to play with the genre. See, the Haywood Family runs a horse ranch which they’ve been using to help Hollywood make any films that require a horse or a ranch setting. They know a thing or two about filming, setting a scene, and, as Emerald says at one point, getting “the money shot.” What the Haywoods realize, once they confirm their ranch is, for reasons unknown, of interest to these alien spaceships, is that if they can get said money shot, they could become rich and famous. Real, indisputable proof we’re not alone in the universe—that’s got to be worth something.
So the Haywoods do what any sensible entrepreneurs would do given the circumstances; they set up cameras on their ranch, hire a cinematographer, and prepare to capture footage that will change their lives forever. That is if they can survive the experience. From the stunning shots in this trailer and yesterday’s behind-the-scenes look, it’s clear not everyone will survive. It’s also clear that the aliens, aware the Haywoods are trying to turn the tables and watch them, will not take the reversal lightly.
It all adds up to the kind of cinematic experience we expect from Peele now. Deeply unsettling, irresistibly funny, beautifully shot, wonderfully performed, and containing depths that go beyond genre. Nope hovers into theaters on July 22. It’s a must-see.
Here’s the official synopsis for Nope:
Oscar® winner Jordan Peele disrupted and redefined modern horror with Get Out and then Us. Now, he reimagines the summer movie with a new pop nightmare: the expansive horror epic, Nope.
The film reunites Peele with Oscar® winner Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out, Judas and the Black Messiah), who is joined by Keke Palmer (Hustlers, Alice) and Oscar® nominee Steven Yeun (Minari, Okja) as residents in a lonely gulch of inland California who bear witness to an uncanny and chilling discovery.
Nope, which co-stars Michael Wincott (Hitchcock, Westworld) and Brandon Perea (The OA, American Insurrection), is written and directed by Jordan Peele and is produced by Ian Cooper (Us, Candyman) and Jordan Peele for Monkeypaw Productions. The film will be released by Universal Pictures worldwide.
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Featured image: Daniel Kaluuya is OJ Haywood in “Nope.” Courtesy Universal Pictures.