Daniel Kaluuya in 'Nope.'

Daniel Kaluuya in 'Nope,' written and directed by Jordan Peele. © 2022 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

So far, in keeping with its creator’s wishes, the promotional campaign for Jordan Peele’s new horror thriller ‘Nope’ has been heavy on the mystery. We’ve been introduced to some basic story elements and the main characters, but the question of what is actually happening in the movie has mostly been left to guesswork. Which is exactly what a teaser or trailer should do: leave you wanting to know and see more.

For the latest trailer, which premiered to CinemaCon audiences this past April, the wrapping has been taken off a little further, so our advice for anyone wishing to stay completely unspoiled would be to skip this one and wait for the movie itself.

Everyone else? Let’s dig in…

‘Nope’ features Daniel Kaluuya (working again with the director after his Oscar-winning debut ‘Get Out’) and Keke Palmer as sibling OJ and Emerald Haywood, who run a horse ranch in a lonely gulch in inland California catering to the film industry.

From the looks of this new trailer, OJ is happy working the ranch with their father (Keith David), while Emerald is more in search of fame. So, when weird things start happening – especially in terms of the sky above, OJ’s worried, but Emerald sees a chance at riches.

When their dad dies after something falls from the clouds, the brother and sister approach a group of others to help them capture footage of what they suspect is an alien incursion. And, of course, things just get weirder and scarier from there.

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Peele has filled the movie – and therefore this trailer – with all manner of striking imagery, including a ranch house bathed in blood from above, the audience of a rodeo (to say nothing of some of the main cast) swept up in the sky and that final money/“Oprah”, to use Emerald’s parlance, moment of OJ riding a horse as what appears to be a flying saucer swoops down towards him.

Of course, this being Jordan Peele, you know the movie will have more layers than just a basic story of terror from the sky. If ‘Get Out’ and ‘Us’ have taught us anything, ‘Nope’ will be filled with thematic material and meditations on modern life, all told through the medium of gut-wrenching horror.

In addition to Kaluuya, Palmer and David the cast includes Steven Yeun (as the seeming owner of a rodeo attraction) Brandon Perea, Michael Wincott, Wrenn Schmidt, Donna Milles and Barbie Ferreira.

“I’m always attracted by my favorite movie I haven’t seen before,” Peele, said at CinemaCon. “My plan is to bring these new ideas and nightmares to the big screen.” He’s reportedly worked with IMAX to develop new camera gear to capture shots we’ve not seen before. And while he’s never been about imagery over story, we’re still intrigued to see what he’s come up with.

‘Nope’ will land in theaters on July 22nd.

Keke Palmer in 'Nope.'

Keke Palmer in 'Nope,' written and directed by Jordan Peele. © 2022 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

Steven Yeun in 'Nope.'

Steven Yeun in 'Nope,' written and directed by Jordan Peele. © 2022 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

Daniel Kaluuya and Writer/Director/Producer Jordan Peele on the set of 'Nope.'

(L to R) Daniel Kaluuya and Writer/Director/Producer Jordan Peele on the set of 'Nope.' © 2022 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

Nope

"What’s a bad miracle?"
Not Yet Rated2 hr 15 minJul 22nd, 2022
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Residents in a lonely gulch of inland California bear witness to an uncanny, chilling discovery. Read the Plot