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SXSW PREMIERE: Jordan Peele Says 'Us' Reflects Our Country & The Real Evil Could Be Starring 'Us' In Our Face + 'Us' Untethers LA, NYC & ATL!

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Jordan Peele's new thriller US debuted at SXSW in Austin and the creator is dishing deets on what the horror film is about. And you should definitely be shook. See the SXSW red carpet flicks, plus pics from the movie's LA, NYC and Atlanta screenings inside...

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Listen, we were shook when the first trailer for Jordan Peele's horror film Us dropped. Now, we're even more shooooook.

Last night, US was shown for the first time simultaneously across the United States. Jordan Peele - who wrote, directed and produced - made his way to Austin, TX for the US premiere during the 2019 SXSW Conference and Festivals held at Paramount Theater. Opening for SXSW is a HUGE deal.

During his introduction to the movie, Peele made it clear that US is "about a lot of things."


The movie is about a financially comfortable family (played by Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Joseph, and Evan Alex) find themselves under attack by their doppelgangers while on vacation in Santa Cruz. Their doppelgangers are coming after them with a vengeance since their lives have been anything but easy. The obvious theme is that humans can be their own worst enemies, but Peele says there's a political theme as well.

“I have a very clear meaning and commentary I’m trying to strike with this film, but I also wanted to design a film that was very person for every individual,” said Peele. “On the broader stroke of things, this movie is about this country. And when I decided to write this movie, I was stricken by the fact we are in a time where we fear the other. Whether it is the mysterious invader that we think is going to come and kill us, take our jobs, or the faction that we don’t live near that voted a different way than us. We’re all about pointing the finger and I wanted to suggest that maybe the monster we really need to look at has our face. Maybe the evil is us.” 

Whew. A word. He also said Lupita "scared the sh*t out of me" when she was in character. 

We wre at the NYC screening last night, and Lupita scared the sh*t out of us, too.  Let the Oscar buzz begin!

Anyone else feel like Jordan is about to be Alfred Hitchcock 2.0?

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Lupita Nyong'o served up futuristic vibes with her hair and makeup when she hit the carpet in a winter white cut-out Honayda suit and Lauren Klassen jewelry. Her hairstyle was inspired by Snoop Dogg and her makeup was inspired by the "fierce '80s music videos from artists like Annie Lennox, Grace Jones, and Daryl Hannah," according to her makeup artist Nick Barose.

Of course, he used all Lancôme products since she's the global ambassador.

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The whole US fam was also in the mix, including Winston Duke, Shahidi Wright Joseph, and Evan Alex.


In Los Angeles last night...

Celebs and tastemakers made their way to the Pacific Design Center for the first-look at the highly anticipated film simultaneously. Married couple John Legend and Chrissy Teigen left the kiddies at home for a hot date night.

Grammy nominated singer Janelle Monae was in the mix with her US t-shirt.

Fine a** Lance Gross came out to peep the horror flick.

Sorry To Bother You star LaKeith Stanfield showed off his edgy style.

Black Panther director Ryan Coogler, who's working on the sequel, came out to support.

"Insecure" star Sarunas Jackson was all smiles.

Sports journalist Jemele Hil, radio personality Big Boy and TMZ writer Van Lanthan were also in the mix. 


In in Atlanta...

Folks made their way to SCAD Atlanta for the ATL screening. "RHOA" star Kandi Burruss, rapper David Banner, Kandi's family - Todd Tucker and Riley Burruss - rapper Ludacris, radio host Big Tigger and former reality star Monyetta Shaw came out to see the horror thriller: 

In the Big Apple...


"Power" star Naturi Naughton, Power 105's Angela Yee, fashion designer Dapper Don, "The View" co-host Sunny Hostin, activist DeRay Mckesson, journalist Shaun King and his daughter were in attendance at the Whitby Hotel for the US screening:

TheYBF.com was in the mix too at the NYC screening.  Check out ourIG Stories for what went down.

US hits theaters March 22nd. Y'all ready?

Photos: Robin Marshall/Dave Kotinsky /Paras Griffin Getty Images for Universal Pictures

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