Jordan Peele releases trailer for new horror film "US"

By Justin Carissimo

/ CBS News

Jordan Peele released the first trailer to his new horror film "Us" on Tuesday morning. Starring Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o and "Black Panther" star Winston Duke, the film follows a family of four who are haunted by demonic version of themselves.

Last week, Peele screened the "Us" trailer for members of the media and explained how it differs from his directorial debut, "Get Out."

"[It was] very important for me was to have a black family at the center of a horror film," Peele said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "But it's also important to note, unlike 'Get Out,' 'Us' is not about race. It is instead about something that I feel has become an undeniable truth. And that is the simple fact that we are our own worst enemies."

Peele said he dedicated a lot of himself to "create a new horror mythology" and a new monster. "I think that monsters and stories about monsters are one of our best ways of getting at deeper truths and facing our fears as a society," he said.

Both critics and audiences praised Peele for his 2017 film "Get Out." Earlier this year, he became the first African-American to win the Academy Award for best original screenplay.

In March, Peele told "CBS This Morning" he was inspired to make the film because he felt that racism was "not being called out sufficiently enough."

"Us" will debut in theaters on March 15, 2019.

We are our own worst enemy. A new nightmare from the mind of Academy Award Winner @JordanPeele, writer/director of Get Out. Watch the trailer for #UsMovie and get tickets now: https://t.co/h6ojaQj2R2 #WatchYourself pic.twitter.com/cDpePe1U7e

— Us (@UsMovie) December 25, 2018

First published on December 25, 2018

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Justin Carissimo

Justin Carissimo is a breaking news editor at CBS News.

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