The folks over at Entertainment Weekly are back at it again with the preview hijinks, and today they've got some new images (and a few new details) about Jordan Peele's Us. But have they also left some major clues hiding in plain sight?
Join us now, as we recklessly speculate on the information available to us.
EXHIBIT A: EW revealed two photos (you can, and should, click over to their post to see the second one; for the purposes of this post, we're going to focus our attentions on the image below). Their tweet on the matter indicates these photos feature both Lupita Nyong'O and Winston Duke, who play the leads in Peele's latest.
So...we can all agree that's Nyong'O and Duke in the photo below, right?
EXHIBIT B: Now let's take a look at their description of the film's plot:
"The story is set in the present day and follows Adelaide and Gabe Wilson (Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke) as they take their kids to Adelaide’s old childhood beachside home in Northern California for the summer. After a day at the beach with the Tyler family (which includes Elisabeth Moss and Tim Heidecker), Adelaide — who’s haunted by a lingering trauma from her past — becomes increasingly more paranoid that something bad will happen to her family. As night falls, the Wilsons see four figures holding hands and standing silently at the bottom of their driveway."
This paragraph occurs immediately before the image above, which would seem to indicate that the four menacing figures in this photo are actually...Nyong'O, Duke and their kids. So, are those doubles? Is Us a home invasion movie where the invaders are actually dopplegangers of their victims? That'd certainly lend new meaning to the film's title, wouldn't it?
EXHIBIT C: Then there's this quote, from Nyong'O herself. See if you notice anything interesting here:
"[Us] turns into this relentless nightmare that taps into [Adelaide’s] deepest fears and ours as well — the idea that we might be our own worst enemies.”
EXHIBIT D: Let's take another look at the film's very first teaser poster.
With all of the above in mind, that image reads somewhat differently, doesn't it?
Look, from the moment we learned Us was, essentially, a home invasion movie, it seemed likely there'd be more going on under the hood. Maybe this is the film's hook. Maybe not. Maybe we're imagining things (we're sure you'll let us know in the comments below).
Good news is, we won't have to wait much longer to learn more: the first trailer for Us lands on Christmas Day, and we'll have it for you here just as soon as we can. Stay tuned.