It looks like Jordan Peele will be focused on telling Black stories for a long time.
When speaking in a conversation series at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in East Hollywood the Oscar-winning filmmaker revealed he doubts that he will ever create a movie that follows the story of a white protagonist.
Peele also acknowledged the privilege of being allowed to chose whose experience is centered in the stories he tells without suffering professionally.
“The way I look at it, I get to cast Black people in my movies,” Peele said. “I feel fortunate to be in this position where I can say to Universal, ‘I want to make a $20 million horror movie with a Black family.’ And they say yes.”
Saying yes to Peele is a smart choice for any studio. His latest effort, the record-breaking Us where a Black family is forced to fight against a group of deranged doppelgängers, brought in $70 million in its opening weekend on a $20 million budget.
Peele isn’t only making films centering Blackness, but he’s also ensuring Black press are prioritized — a rarity in Hollywood. The director told ESSENCE ahead that it didn’t “make sense” if Black audiences didn’t see Us first.
“If a version went out there into the world without Black people seeing it first, I would’ve had a problem,” he added.
Check out Us in theaters now.