Jordan Peele hopes to crack open the American cinematic canon.
With Jordan Peele's Us the film of the moment, currently - it would seem the director/producer has the world at his fingertips. During a recent speaking engagement at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Hollywood, Peele made many of his convictions known during the exchange, especially those concerning the aesthetic and political choices that figure in present and future film projects.
For starters, Jordan doesn't envision himself casting a White male in a lead role, not anytime soon. It's a conviction he likens to re-wiring the American Cinematic Tradition from his hard-earned position of influence. "I don’t see myself casting a white dude as the lead in my movie," he told a live audience. "Not that I don't like white dudes. But I've seen that movie."
Although Peele's words are meant to upend the status quo in America, he doesn't actually dislike White men. In fact, they figure in his plans, just not in the lead role or anything. Peele's motives can be traced back to a preliminary screening in December when he listed "restoring the Black family " as an institution with the American Horror genre, as his primary focus. What do you make of his comments, hit us with your thoughts?