Jordan Peele Doesn't Plan on Casting a White Male Lead Any Time Soon
Published Mar 27, 2019With Get Out and its follow-up Us, Jordan Peele has quickly proven himself to be a powerhouse director, writer and producer, and he'll likely get to do whatever the hell he wants for the rest of his career. What he doesn't want, it turns out, is to make another movie starring a white man.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Peele said he's done with movies that star white dudes. He said as much while discussing his career with a group of students at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Hollywood this week.
"I don't see myself casting a white dude as the lead in my movie. Not that I don't like white dudes," he said, nodding at UCB co-founder Ian Roberts, who was moderating the talk. "But I've seen that movie."
Peele added that he's proven the industry wrong by achieving huge box-office returns without subscribing to outdated narratives about casting.
"It really is one of the best, greatest pieces of this story, is feeling like we are in this time — a renaissance has happened and proved the myths about representation in the industry are false," he said.
Peele added, "The way I look at it, I get to cast black people in my movies. I feel fortunate to be in this position where I can say to Universal, 'I want to make a $20 million horror movie with a black family.' And they say yes."
Up next, Peele's reboot of The Twilight Zone will premiere on April 1. The show will air on City TV in Canada.