Jordan Peele opened up that he doesn’t see himself ever casting a white male lead: ‘I’ve seen that movie.’
“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, as reported by CBR. “But I’ve seen that movie.” – Jordan Peele
He said he feels “fortunate” to be in a spot where he can make a massive-budget movie with an all-black cast, and that he can help prove “the myths about representation in the industry are false.”
Jordan Peele lately opened up about his movie-making course at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in East Hollywood. Why you’re rare to ever see his name on a movie placard that appears a white actor lead and center.
Peele is currently promoting his second directorial effort, “Us,” a horror movie starring Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke.
“The way I look at it, I get to cast black people in my movies,” he said. “I feel fortunate to be in this position where I can say to Universal. Further, ‘I want to make a $20 million horror movie with a black family.’ And they say yes.”
Peele is among directors like Ryan Coogler (Black Panther) and Barry Jenkins (“Moonlight”), who have lately advance to eminence with movie that conveys stories about the black experience.
“It really is one of the best greatest pieces of this story, feeling like we are in this time [when] a renaissance has happened and proven the myths about representation in the industry are false,” Peele said.