This article examines the cast of the science fiction horror film Nope. Continue reading the conclusion for additional information.
Nope is a 2022 American science fiction horror film written, directed, and co-produced by Jordan Peele under his Monkeypaw Productions company. It stars Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer as siblings who strive to obtain proof of an unidentified flying object. Steven Yeun, Michael Wincott, Brandon Perea, and Keith David play supporting parts.
The Haywood family trains and manages horses for television and film productions. Otis Haywood Sr. is killed by a coin said to have fallen from an airplane. The property is inherited by his children Otis “OJ” Haywood Jr. and Emerald “Em” Haywood.
OJ sells some of the horses to Ricky “Jupe” Park, who manages Jupiter’s Claim, a local Western-themed amusement park, in order to keep the business solvent. At the amusement park, Jupe exploits his experience as a child actor in a comedy in which a chimpanzee animal actor attacked numerous human co-stars.
One night, the Haywoods discover that their electricity is fluctuating, their horses are disappearing, and they are aggressively responding to an unexpected presence. They discover a UFO in the shape of a flying saucer that has been consuming their horses and spitting out the inorganic matter that killed their father.
Motivated by a desire to save the ranch by selling footage of the UFO to Oprah, the siblings decide to document proof of the UFO’s existence and enlist Fry’s Electronics employee Angel Torres to install surveillance cameras.
Angel observes a nearby cloud that never moves, despite the fact that electrical interference from the UFO and a praying mantis on one of the cameras prevent them from capturing clear footage. They conclude that the location is the UFO’s hiding spot.
OJ looks directly at Jean Jacket on purpose, enabling Em to use the motorcycle to rush to Jupiter’s Claim. There, she detaches the large helium balloon mascot of Jupe from its tether.
Jean Jacket attempts to consume the balloon while Em photographs Jean Jacket using the analog camera of an attraction before the balloon bursts and kills Jean Jacket. Em observes OJ and Lucky standing outside Jupiter’s Claim, uninjured, while reporters arrive with photographic evidence of the creature’s presence.
On July 18, 2022, Nope opened at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. Universal Pictures distributed it in theatres in the United States on July 22, 2022, a date first announced in November 2020. On July 25, 2022, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema staged an outdoor screening of the film at Sunset Ranch Hollywood.
Despite having been released to the public prior to the festival, it showed at the Cinesphere in IMAX on September 12, 2022, as a special presentation in the main film slate with a pre-film Q&A session with Jordan Peele and Hoyte van Hoytema. The movie was made available on VOD on August 26, 2022.
On October 25, 2022, it was released in 4K UHD, Blu-ray, and DVD formats. It was made available for streaming on Peacock on November 18, 2022, as part of an 18-month agreement in which it will stream on Peacock for four months, then Amazon Prime for ten, and then Peacock for the last four.
- Daniel Kaluuya as Otis “OJ” Haywood Jr., Otis’ son
- Keke Palmer as Emerald “Em” Haywood, Otis’ daughter
- Ricky “Jupe” Park, portrayed by Steven Yeun, is a former child actor and owner/creator of the amusement park “Jupiter’s Claim.”
- Young Ricky “Jupe” Park, who portrays Mikey Houston on Gordy’s Home, is portrayed by Jacob Kim.
- Michael Wincott as legendary cinematographer Antlers Holst
- Brandon Perea portrays Angel Torres, a Fry’s Electronics tech salesman.
- Wrenn Schmidt as Amber Park, Jupe’s wife
- Nessie, played by Barbie Ferreira, is Angel’s co-worker at Fry’s.
- Gordy is a chimpanzee and the star of the sitcom Gordy’s Home, portrayed by Terry Notary.
- Devon Graye as Ryder Muybridge, an electric bicycle-riding paparazzi
- Donna Mills as ad actress Bonnie Clayton
- Osgood Perkins as commercial director Fynn Bachman
- Eddie Jemison portrays crew member Buster in the ad
- Keith David portrays Otis Haywood Sr., the proprietor of Haywood’s Hollywood Horses Ranch, in Haywood’s Hollywood Horses Ranch.
- On Gordy’s Home, Sophia Coto portrays Mary Jo Elliott, who portrays Haley Houston.
- Haley Babula in the role of Mary Jo Elliott (adult)
- Gordy’s Home stars Jennifer Lafleur as Phyllis Mayberry, who portrays Margaret Houston.
- Andrew Patrick Ralston portrays Tom Bogan on Gordy’s Home, who portrays Brett Houston.
Production of Nope
Universal Pictures signed a five-year exclusive production collaboration with Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions on October 1, 2019. Peele was slated to write, direct, and produce Nope, a then-untitled project, which was unveiled on November 9, 2020. He remarked,
“I wrote it during a time when the future of cinema was rather uncertain. First and foremost, I knew I wanted to create a show. I desired to produce something that the public would be compelled to watch.” Peele originally envisioned Angel Torres as a “happy-go-lucky” nerd, but Brandon Perea, who was cast as the character, wished to develop upon and portray him as more grounded.
CalTech professor John O. Dabiri collaborated with Peele and his team on the design of the Jean Jacket creature’s UFO form, and especially its final true “biblical angel” form, which was inspired by those of Neon Genesis Evangelion and sea creatures such as jellyfish and squid, to imagine a hypothetical undiscovered previously extinct sky predator, realistically imagining “how could something like hiding in the clouds“, with the ability to “generate electric fields.”
Michael Abels, who previously worked with Peele on Get Out and Us, wrote the film’s score. Abels explained that his score has to match the “danger level” outlined by Peele in the narrative and the concepts imposed by the film’s premise.
What is a negative miracle? He continued, “The music must incorporate both of these feelings. Both awe and a desire to flee the Grand Canyon, since falling in would not be a good thing.
This contrast is there in the picture […] there is a sense of amazement and magic, followed by absolute dread. In addition, there is a sense of a truly epic adventure near the finish, accompanied by music befitting a massive, historic adventure.”