Lupita Nyong'o. Picture: Reuters.
Lupita Nyong'o. Picture: Reuters.

Jordan Peele wants Lupita Nyong'o to star in 'Us'

By Bang Showbiz Time of article published May 9, 2018

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Oscar-winning director Jordan Peele is hoping to cast Lupita Nyong'o in his new film project, which is slated for release in 2019.

The 39-year-old actor - who helmed the acclaimed horror movie 'Get Out' in 2017 - wants Lupita, 35, to appear in 'Us', which he is directing and producing. 

READ: Jordan Peele almost didn't become a director due to lack of role models

Jordan also wants Winston Duke and Elisabeth Moss to star in the film, according to The Hollywood Reporter. 

Although Jordan has remained tight-lipped about 'Us', it's been reported that the film will centre on two couples - one white and one black - with Duke and Nyong'o playing one of the couples, and Moss being part of the other couple. 

Universal - the studio behind the project - has handed the movie a release date of March 15, 2019. 

Earlier this year, Jordan became the first African-American to win the Best Original Screenplay Oscar for 'Get Out'. 

The acclaimed moviemaker subsequently admitted that he almost didn't become a director because of the lack of black role models. 

But the TV star-turned-moviemaker said he feels "proud" to be part of a "renaissance" of black directors, following in the footsteps of people like Spike Lee and John Singleton. 

Jordan - who previously starred on the hit American comedy series 'Key & Peele' alongside Keegan-Michael Key - shared: "It's a renaissance. I almost never became a director because there was a shortage of role models - there was Spike Lee, John Singleton and others. 

"I am so proud to be at the beginning of a movement where the best films in every genre are being bought by my fellow black directors."

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