Has Jordan Peele finished telling his most recent horror tale? Nope.
During an interview with The New York Times, the 43-year-old filmmaker teased that sci-fi horror flick Nope could be part of a wider universe. After fans noticed that a character seen in the trailers (and listed on IMDB as “Nobody”) was cut from the final film, the director revealed that there’s a good reason for that.
“The story of that character has yet to be told, I can tell you that,” he told The New York Times. “Which is another frustrating way of saying, I’m glad people are paying attention.”
“Nobody” is played by Michael Busch and can be briefly seen in one trailer. Unfortunately, the mysterious character was cut from the final film… but fans have been eager to find out why he’s spotted walking so calmly among a clearly panicked crowd.
“I do think they will get more answers on some of these things in the future,” added Peele. “We’re not over telling all of these stories.”
There’s certainly plenty of scope for more Nope – the film’s ending leaves a lot of its story untold.
Whether or not we’re talking about a sequel or merely another story set within the Nope universe remains to be seen. However, if it is a direct sequel, this would be Peele’s first. His directorial debut came in 2017 with the horror film Get Out, followed by Us in 2019.
The mystery certainly deepens considering the character is called “Nobody”, raising questions about how he would have fit into the story of Nope… and how he might eventually get his own appearance elsewhere.
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IGN’s Nope review gave it 9/10 saying: “A hilariously bleak vision of the American dream, Jordan Peele’s Nope is a farcical love letter to Hollywood filmmaking. A sci-fi-horror-comedy that builds cinematic myths before casually knocking them over, it’s one of the most effective and purely entertaining summer blockbusters in years, from a studio director at the peak of his craft.”
Whether or not “Nobody” appears as a blu-ray extra or something more, remains to be seen.
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Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.