Jordan Peele reveals Twilight Zone episode that inspired Us
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Academy Award winner Jordan Peele revealed that his forthcoming social thriller film Us is actually inspired by one of his favorite The Twilight Zone episodes titled “Mirror Image.” Starring veteran actress Vera Miles, “Mirror Image” tells the story of a young career woman named Miss Barnes, who suddenly encounters her doppelganger while waiting for the bus. She later becomes convinced that the her look-alike is an evil entity from a parallel universe who’s out to eliminate and replace her.
“It’s terrifying, beautiful, really elegant storytelling, and it opens up a world. It opens up your imagination,” Peele said about the episode. Peele is set to executive produce and host CBS All Access’ upcoming reboot of The Twilight Zone which is currently on production.
Set in present day along the iconic Northern California coastline, Us stars Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o as Adelaide Wilson, a woman returning to her beachside childhood home with her husband, Gabe (Black Panther’s Winston Duke), and their two children (Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex) for an idyllic summer getaway. Haunted by an unexplainable and unresolved trauma from her past and compounded by a string of eerie coincidences, Adelaide feels her paranoia elevate to high-alert as she grows increasingly certain that something bad is about to befall her family.
After spending a tense beach day with their friends, the Tylers (Emmy winner Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker, Cali Sheldon, Noelle Sheldon), Adelaide and her family return to their vacation home to discover the silhouettes of four figures standing in their driveway. Us pits an ordinary American family against a terrifying and uncanny opponent: doppelgängers of themselves.
Us will be written and directed by Peele and will also produce through his Monkeypaw Productions. The film is being produce by Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum and Monkeypaw’s Ian Cooper with Daniel Lupi to executive produce.
The film is scheduled to hit theaters on March 22.