EXCLUSIVE: Daniel Kaluuya has reeled in the male lead in Get Out, the directorial debut of Key & Peele alum Jordan Peele. The Sicario actor will star opposite Allison Williams in the Blumhouse horror pic about a young African-American man who visits his white girlfriend’s family estate.
Further plot details are under wraps, but when Get Out was announced in September, Peele said it “takes on the task of exploring race in America — something that hasn’t really been done within the genre since Night Of The Living Dead 47 years ago.”
Kaluuya played FBI agent Emily Blunt’s partner in Sicario and appeared in the 2013 actioner Kick-Ass 2 and in Rowan Atkinson yarn Johnny English Reborn. He also has done plenty of TV work in his native UK, including Danny Boyle’s satirical police series Babylon, Black Mirror, The Fades, Psychoville and playing Posh Kenneth in the teen series Skins. Kaluuya, who also has done theater work, is represented by ICM Partners and Troika in the UK.
Jason Blum and QC Entertainment’s Sean McKittrick and Edward H. Hamm Jr. are producing Get Out. Blumhouse’s Couper Samuelson is executive producing alongside QC’s Ray Mansfield and Shaun Redick. Blumhouse produced the two highest-grossing horror movies of 2015: Universal’s The Visit ($64.4M domestic) from M. Night Shyamalan and Focus Features’ Insidious: Chapter 3 ($52.2M).