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Move Over Scully & Mulder, Jordan Peele’s ‘Nope’ Is Here To Reignite Our Fear Of Extraterrestrials

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By Diandra Malivindi
It's been five years since Jordan Peele terrified us with tea stirring for his Academy Award-winning, debut film Get Out and three years since we feared our own shadows in Us. But now, he's back to horrify us once more with his latest thriller, Nope—and we can't wait.
Swiftly making a name for himself in Hollywood, the Key & Peele comedian is taking on another classic horror movie trope—and densely packing it with ornate detail and symbolism—for his latest flick.
As per Peele's cinematography, Nope is likely to give audiences something to chew on, tempting you to watch it over and over again until you pick up on every little easter egg or hidden detail strategically laid in its plot.
But just like his previous films, the trailer for Nope isn't really giving much of the plot away, in fact, fans are obsessively trying to piece together what the film is even about.
And even thought the thriller hasn't been released in Australia yet, the internet is already grasping at the itty bitty straws left by the film's mysterious trailer. So, allow us to help.
Below, everything we know about Jordan Peele's latest film Nope—from the plot to the cast and when you can watch it in Australia.

What is 'Nope' about?

To be honest, little is currently known about the storyline of Nope, other than the likelihood that the thriller will leave fans repeating the movie title throughout the two-hour movie.
"I felt there was this vacuum, where a movie I wish existed [...] didn't exist, and that was the big horror UFO film," Peele told ET Canada. "I felt like I had some sort of responsibility to take that on."
"It's about spectacle, and from there, I explored that and started to uncover, what I think, is the dark side of our relationship with spectacle," he also shared in an interview with TODAY, successfully answering but also not answering the host's question about what the movie is about.
But despite this, fans agree with his explanation. One commenter (@flowerchild) even said, "Just came out of the movie and he did a great job with clickbaiting his trailer".
"He used his own film as a spectacle because he knew we would fall for what we saw on the trailer. I laughed, jumped, covered my eyes, and was looking for any clues and I still was wrong about what I assumed it would be."
According to the film's synopsis, Nope follows two siblings, Emerald and OJ (played by Keke Palmer and Daniel Kaluuya, respectively), who run Hollywood's only Black-owned horse training ranch and "discover something wonderful and sinister in the skies above, while the owner of an adjacent theme park tries to profit from the mysterious, otherworldly phenomenon".
One look at film's poster and the disc-shape flying above their home is a clear sign that aliens are afoot, and Nope's final trailer confirmed that the mysterious force was responsible for the death of Emerald and OJ's father. Then, the siblings are pursed by something hiding in a cloud in the sky, so Emerald starts building a team to catch whatever is up there on tape, and this is where all hell breaks loose. We're talking a rain of blood and bodies being swept up into a cyclone-style event.
Another scene in the trailer shows a power outage interrupting Emerald's at-home dancing, before OJ's horse runs away from fear but is then taken into orbit. The trailer's final shot sees Emerald screaming "Run!" and flee the ranch, only to be sucked into the air by the UFO-like object herself.
WATCH BELOW: Nope Official Trailer

Who is cast in 'Nope'?

Aside from the mysterious, intriguing and downright creepy plot, Nope is jam-packed with an A-list cast to drive the narrative. Leading the line-up is Academy Award-winner Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out, Judas And The Black Messiah) as OJ Haywood, as well as Angela Bassett impersonator and Meme Master, Keke Palmer (Alice, Hustlers) as Emerald Haywood.
But that's not all, joining the two is Steven Yuen (The Walking Dead, Minari) as Jupiter's Claim amusement park owner Ricky 'Jupe' Park, and newcomer Brandon Perea (The OA) as hired filmmaker Angel Torres.

What is the release date for 'Nope'?

Breathe easy because there isn't too long of a wait to witness the alien-centric film in all of its glory.
However, it is important to note that Nope will not be released simultaneously on any streaming service. But why? Well, Peele shared that his decision to shoot the film for IMAX theatres would mean that the film needs to be enjoyed in-person before it eventually winds up on a streaming platform.
To do that, he made sure to call on cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema to work with him on what he calls "my most ambitious film to date", as per Variety.
When asked to consider how he'd create the visual of a UFO, Hoytema—who is a frequent collaborator with Christopher Nolan—revealed that he "thought IMAX was the best medium to do it on".
Nope is set to hit cinemas around Australia on August 11, 2022.
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