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Nope Release Date, Cast, And Plot - What We Know So Far

As recently as 2015, Jordan Peele was known primarily as a comedian. He spent five years as a cast member on "Mad TV," and followed that up with a sketch comedy show of his own, "Key & Peele," which he co-created and co-starred in with another "Mad TV" alum, Keegan-Michael Key, from 2012 to 2015.

With this in mind, it's surprising to think that Peele is now one of the leading horror filmmakers in the business. His 2017 directorial debut, "Get Out," made a major impact both commercially and critically — not to mention the way it dominated cultural conversation (which it often still does). The following year, Peele became the first Black filmmaker to win an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay (via Vanity Fair).

Peele's followup film, "Us," which premiered in 2019, wasn't quite the cultural phenomenon that "Get Out" was, but still fared extremely well at the box office (it made over $255 million worldwide, which is about on par with what "Get Out" made) and currently holds a very high 93% Tomatometer score on Rotten Tomatoes. It was also by and large considered one of the best horror films of 2019.

After months of silence, it looks like we finally have some concrete information on Peele's next film, the long-gestating "Nope." Here's everything we know so far.

When will Nope be released?

Jordan Peele has just taken to Twitter to release the new poster — and title — of his upcoming film. "Nope" will be released on July 22, 2022, which is, fittingly, exactly a year from the day of the announcement. Peele remained tight-lipped about the news, including just a cloud emoji with the poster reveal. Not only is it great to have a set release date so far in advance, but now all the other potential summer blockbusters know to keep that weekend clear lest they dare come up against the mighty Peele.

The poster also specifies that the film will be "only in theaters," which is a bit of change from either the straight-to-streaming trend that arose due to the pandemic, or the more common hybrid release model employed by recent films such as "In the Heights" and "Black Widow," a new distribution strategy that seems likely to remain a viable option well after COVID-19 lockdowns are over and done.

Whether you'd like a streaming option for a new release or not, the chances of "Nope" being worth a trip to the theater is definitely high.

Who will be in the cast of Nope?

"Nope" has quite the star-studded cast. To begin with, the three buzzy stars (whose names appear on the newly revealed poster) are Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, and Steven Yeun. Kaluuya's breakout role was none other than "Get Out," for which his stunning performance earned an Oscar nomination for Best Actor. Since then, he's been appearing in notable films left and right, such as "Black Panther" and "Judas and the Black Messiah," the latter of which earned him his first Oscar win.

Meanwhile, Palmer made waves for her supporting role in 2019's "Hustlers," and will soon be seen on screen as the titular character in the upcoming "Alice." And finally, Yeun also received a recent Oscar nomination for his starring turn in "Minari."

As reported by The Wrap, the supporting cast will include "Euphoria" breakout Barbie Ferreira, "The OA" cast member Brandon Perea, and Michael Wincott ("24: Live Another Day," "Westworld").

What is the plot of Nope?

Details about "Nope" are being kept under wraps, so we'll have to wait until Peele is ready to reveal more about the upcoming film to find out what we can expect from the plot. We do know that Peele, who is the solo screenwriter for each of his three films, utilizes social commentary within his horror, as we saw with both "Get Out" and "Us." It's likely that "Nope" will continue this trend. Which brings us to another confirmed detail: Peele is definitely sticking with the horror genre for "Nope," as the poster specifically refers to it as "a new terror from the mind of Academy Award winner Jordan Peele."

Fans have already begun speculating as to what the film could be about. On Reddit, user u/SanderSo47 posted about the film's new theatrical poster to the Movies subreddit, instigating a lively discussion. 

One user, u/In_My_Own_Image, pointed out that the ominous cloud in the poster looks a lot like another thing one might see in the sky, writing, "Is that a UFO (or at least supposed to evoke that image)?" 

In response to this speculation, user u/Agnes-Varda1992 wrote, "I'm definitely down for a Jordan Peele alien invasion film."

Aliens or no aliens, we can definitely expect "Nope" to be another original, utterly captivating film.