The new, disturbing poster for Jordan Peele's Us manages to pack a punch with just one visual.
The image features one half of Lupita Nyong'o's character, a doppelganger holding Nyong'o's normal, smiling face as a mask. The doppelganger has one eye present to us, with a single tear rolling down her face.
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It's been speculated that tears are becoming one of Peele's signature marks in his work, and this poster clinches that theory. There can be entire theses made on what tears represent in Peele's stories, but one idea I'm willing to put forth is that tears represent a humanity that Black characters (as well as Black people in real life) aren't often allowed to show. On Black characters such as Peele's, tears are as haunting as any creepy event because Black tears have the added level of hundreds of years of trauma, as well as the traumas of everyday micro and macro aggressions.
As a sidebar, keep this in mind: So far, including with this poster, all we've seen are images of Nyong'o or the family (including Winston Duke, Evan Alex, Shahadi Wright Joseph). There are several characters we haven't seen, including Anna Diop. Her character's name is currently unlisted on IMDB, so does that mean her character plays a bigger role than we even know?
All of this is to put forth this one simple statement: Peele is going to wreck us with this movie, and I can't wait.
Us comes to theaters March 22.