Jordan Peele Taps Keke Palmer To Star in The Director’s New Secret Project

On top of the box-office success for Get Out, Peele took home the Oscar for best Original screenplay with the film also being nominated for best picture. Peele’s first two films from Monkeypaw and Universal, which he produced, directed and wrote, 2017’s Get Out and 2019’s Us, became commercial and critical smash hits, with both films together grossing more than $500 million worldwide.
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Universal Pictures will release the film on July 22, 2022. Like all of Peele's film's, plot details are being kept under lock & key with no idea what it is about or who Palmer will be playing.
Sources tell Deadline that Keke Palmer will star in Universal Pictures’ highly anticipated next project from the Get Out and Us director. Besides directing and writing the pic, Peele will also produce alongside Ian Cooper for their Monkeypaw Productions. The project falls under Monkeypaw’s exclusive five-year deal with Universal. EXCLUSIVE: Following the massive success of his first two feature films, Jordan Peele's next feature film looks to be falling into place as the Oscar-winner has found the star of the untitled pic.
Last year, Monkeypaw released the celebrated Lovecraft Country for HBO (named one of AFI’s Top 10 of the Year, receiving Golden Globe, SAG, and WGA nominations) and Hunters for Amazon (also nominated for a Golden Globe). Universal Pictures’ release of MGM and Monkeypaw’s highly anticipated feature remake Candyman, comes later this year. The film is directed by Nia DaCosta, co-written by DaCosta, Peele and Monkeypaw President Win Rosenfeld, and produced by Peele and Ian Cooper.
Senior Vice President of Production Sara Scott and Creative Executive Tony Ducret will oversee the project on behalf of Universal.
Palmer is represented by 3 Arts Entertainment and Hertz, Lichtenstein & Young. The film would mark Palmer's biggest role to date after parts in Pimp and Hustlers. Peele had been spending the fall meeting with talent for the film before coming across Palmer for the lead role. The two already had ties together going back to Peele's days on the Key & Peele show and after meeting Palmer for his latest project, was quick to offer her the lead of his next project.

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