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Jordan Peele's Us Casts Tim Heidecker

Whatever kind of movie it turns out to be, Jordan Peele's Us appears to be going some interesting places.

From a Variety report, comedian Tim Heidecker — he of the various Tim and Eric series, other shows, movies, podcasts, and Ant-Man and the Wasp — has signed on to Jordan Peele's Us in an undisclosed role.

Heidecker joins a cast that includes Lupita Nyong'o, Black Panther's Winston Duke, and The Handmaid's Tale's Elisabeth Moss. The story, from what we know of it, centers on two romantic couples — one made up of two black people, and one with two white people. Are they friends? Enemies? Who knows. By the end of the movie, it's probably something in between.

As a matter of fact, beyond the most basic character dynamics, no one really knows what Us is going to be about. Despite a release date that's relatively near to now, we don't know much of anything beyond the facts that 1) the poster is eerie, promising a "new nightmare" from the writer-director, 2) the cast is excellent, and 3) that it is a "social thriller" in the same vein as his directorial debut, Get Out

In that light, Heidecker's casting actually feels like the biggest clue as to the tone of this movie, considering his aptitude for uncomfortably comic, occasionally frightening surrealism. So much of his more experimental work exists right on the border of comedy and horror, and cast in the right kind of project, he can come off as a disturbing and complex figure. 

We're making a guess here, but if this turns out to be our core cast of white and black couples, then we're pretty much sold on Us, no matter what it ends up being about. This casting has some peculiar chemistry, right? We'd probably watch that crew have a night out at Chili's, no nightmares necessary. Well, except the nightmare that a night out at Chili's already more-or-less is. 

Us will be out in theaters on March 15, 2019.