Nope Star Daniel Kaluuya Compares Jordan Peele’s Alien Adventure to Close Encounters

After months and months of mystery, we now know with absolute certainty (at least we think we do) that director Jordan Peele’s nope is all about aliens. Speaking with Essence, star Daniel Kaluuya has re-confirmed the extra-terrestrial presence, while suggesting that there is a lot more going on than nope simply being an alien invasion movie, comparing the project to none other than the Steven Spielberg sci-fi classic, Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

“Nope—I feel like it’s almost horror-adventure. I hope you don’t mind me saying, like Close Encounters. I remember when I watched that for the first time, probably about four years ago, and I was like, Wow, this has stood the test of time. This is an incredible film now, especially with all the technology and all the kinds of stuff that he’s managed to make. It’s like epic horror, essentially.”

Describing nope as more of a horror-adventure than a straightforward science fiction outing, Kaluuya compared Peele’s latest to Close Encounters of the Third Kind and the more horror-infused elements that come from Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss) being tormented and tortured following his contact with the alien beings.


Speaking directly to Jordan Peele, Kaluuya heaped praise on the Get Out filmmaker and his affinity for reinventing genres.

“I know another director, he said, “I’m not a minimalist, I’m a maximalist.” And I love when Black people just go for it—because f–k it. Why not? We’re in the game. F–k it. I feel like this is that. For me, it’s about, What genre can you reinvent? And what genre can you expand? I feel like you have expanded horror already, and now you’re doing it again—giving it scale and epicness. I love pushing the envelope. We’re in a creative industry, but people will sometimes handle this like they’re working at the bank. It’s nuts to me. Let’s go—let’s create. I don’t like hearing, ‘Oh, I’ve never seen that before.’ That’s the point. That’s why people watch movies. So, it was amazing to be in the center of something that I used to love watching as a kid as well.”

The Aliens in nope Are Not Bringing Peace & Love

Written, directed, and produced by Jordan Peele under his Monkeypaw Productions, nope stars Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out, Judas and the Black Messiah), Keke Palmer (Hustlers, Lightyear), Steven Yeun (Minari, Okja), Michael Wincott (Hitchcock, Westworld), Brandon Perea (The OA, American Insurrection), as well as Barbie Ferreira, Donna Mills, Jennifer Lafleur, Andrew Patrick Ralston, and Keith David.

nope centers on siblings OJ and Emerald Haywood who attempt to use the presence of the UFO to make some money after spotting the flying object hovering over their ranch. After witnessing the peculiar shape in the sky, they decide to make the best of the situation, with the pair attempting to capture the UFO on film and perhaps save their ranch from closing down. Unfortunately, the aliens inhabiting the UFO do not take kindly to this, deciding to torture the Haywoods and the rest of the town as punishment.

nope is scheduled to be released on July 22, 2022, by Universal Pictures.

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