Arguably 2019's most anticipated film by arguably Hollywood's hottest director is skipping the shores of Cannes, ditching the slopes of Park City, and instead hitting the streets of Austin for its world premiere. Jordan Peele's Us, the follow-up to his smash-hit thriller Get Out, will make its debut during SXSW 2019.
Hopes are high for Peele's new film, his first since winning the Academy Award in 2018 for Best Original Screenplay for Get Out, a film that has been credited with reshaping the entire genre of socially conscious thrillers. (The film was also nominated for Best Film and Best Director.)
The homegrown festival also used its January 8 release to announce Us as the official Opening Night selection for SXSW Film, traditionally the spot held by the buzziest movie during the festival (or, in this case, of the entire world).
Set in Northern California, Us continues in the same genre as Get Out, and stars Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Joseph, and Evan Alex as a family of four heading to an idyllic summer getaway. When the family returns to their vacation home to discover the silhouettes of four figures standing in their driveway, they realize they're looking at versions of themselves. "Us pits an ordinary American family against a terrifying and uncanny opponent: doppelgängers of themselves," teases the release.
“We are crazy excited to world premiere the most anticipated film of 2019 from the creative powerhouse that brought us Get Out,” said Janet Pierson, director of SXSW Film, in a release.
Us will premiere in Austin on March 8, but no news yet on how many other showings, if any, the film will have during the festival. SXSW says it will release its full Features slate on January 16. Peele fans who miss the premiere don't have to wait too long to catch the flick. The film opens in wide release on March 15.
SXSW runs March 8-18, and includes the aforementioned Film along with Music, Interactive, and Education programming. Badges, pricing, and information can be found here.