Filmmaker and actor Jordan Peele said during a Q&A in Los Angeles to promote his new blockbuster “Us” that he does not see himself ever casting a “white dude” to star in his movies.
"I feel fortunate to be in this position where I can say to Universal, 'I want to make a $20 million horror movie with a black family.' And they say yes," Peele said, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
"I don’t see myself casting a white dude as the lead in my movie. Not that I don’t like white dudes—but I've seen that movie,” he added. "It really is one of the best, greatest pieces of this story, is feeling like we are in this time. A renaissance has happened and proved the myths about representation in the industry are false."
Peele on a roll:
Peele rose from Key & Peele fame to superstardom after he wrote and directed the 2017 horror hit “Get Out.” Peele is also behind a new “Twilight Zone” reboot that premieres in April.
Peele said his recent work helped him come back from several career setbacks, like a missed opportunity to join the cast of “Saturday Night Live.”
"Every two weeks I'd go, 'What the fuck am I doing? I'm writing a movie where a black man is victimized and all the white people are evil and I'm trying to get the audience to have fun,'" he said. "But if you could make that fun… that's what brought me back."
Peele’s “Us” earned a whopping $88 million in its first weekend, the second largest opening for an original live-action film. “Get Out” earned $250 million on a budget of just $5 million.