African-American filmmaker Jordan Peele has admitted he isn't interested in casting a white man as the lead role in one of his films as he's "seen that movie" and he wants to tell black focused stories.
The 40-year-old African-American director's latest psychological horror 'Us' follows a black middle-class couple (Lupita Nyong'o and Winston Duke) and their children as they battle evil doppelgangers, whilst his critically acclaimed 2017 thriller 'Get Out' follows Daniel Kaluuya's African-American alter ego Chris and his white American girlfriend (Allison Williams).
The comedian-turned-filmmaker has admitted he isn't interested in casting a Caucasian man as a lead character because he's "seen that movie" and insisted that he feels "fortunate" to be in a position where he can cast minority actors in leading roles.
Speaking at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in East Hollywood, he said: "I don't see myself casting a white dude as the lead in my movie. Not that I don't like white dudes but I've seen that movie.
"It really is one of the best greatest pieces of this story, feeling like we are in this time [where] a renaissance has happened and proven the myths about representation in the industry are false. The way I look at it. I get to cast black people in my movies, I feel fortunate to be in this position where I can say to Universal, 'I want to make a $20 million horror movie with a black family.' And they say yes."