Jordan Peele’s “Nope” Script: Read online

Exclusive: Unravel the dark mysteries of Peele’s sizzling summer horror alien-among-us, revisited now thanks to awards season.

NOPE, Director Jordan Peele, On Set, 2022. Ph: Glen Wilson / © Universal Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection

©Universal/Courtesy Everett Collection

Jordan Peele wowed audiences in the summer of 2022 with his sizzling, big-screen alien (or maybe extraterrestrial) among us and our ability to make a spectacle of them and ourselves. The film, which centers on the Haywood siblings (Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer) who run a horse ranch in Hollywood, grossed more than $170 million at the box office. Even at the end of the year, Nope remains a film steeped in fascination and speculation regarding its imagery and symbols, both bewildering (that upright shoe, anyone?) and terrifying (there was nothing more terrifying on screens this year than the image of Jupiter). Claim that participants are being sucked into the void of Jean Jacket).

As an IndieWire exclusive, you can now read the full script for Jordan Peele’s “Nope” here. The script should help fans unravel, or at least delve deeper into, some of the darker mysteries at the heart of the film, like the sitcom chimp Gordy who opens the film and how his on-screen exploitation is thematically similar to later moments.

What the script is not I want to give you the full backstory of the film’s UFO, although as Peele pointed out in a previous interview with IndieWire, he had to develop one behind the scenes. “I really believe that you have to do a certain level of work that the audience can feel, even if you don’t show it. I think so with character, story, I think so with the UFO in question,” Peele said. “It’s something I can feel with some of my favorite directors. Paul Thomas Anderson and Quentin Tarantino, to name a few, I think are people who feel like they’re painting a small picture in a world that’s already been painted, but we’re also seeing the success of that in Marvel and The Lord of the Rings “. ‘ and anything deeper than what you’re being shown.”

Universal is currently pushing Nope in the Oscar categories, including Best Original Screenplay, which Peele won for Get Out in 2018. Keke Palmer also received the Best Supporting Actress award from the New York Film Critics Circle, which she will accept at the ceremony on January 4th.

Read the screenplay for Nope, written by Jordan Peele.

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