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Jordan Peele's latest horror film, Us, already has already impressed critics and given fans nightmares. But, perhaps the one thing that's more impressive than Peele's storytelling and knack for tapping into the darkest recesses of the human mind is his ability to put together an incredible cast of Us, led by Lupita Nyong'o and Winston Duke. The film centers around the Wilson family, who encounter alarming, vindictive creatures who look just like them while on a vacation with their friends, the Tylers, in Northern California. Throughout Us, each of the primary characters portrays two people: the characters we acknowledge being from the "real" world and their "Tethered" doppelgängers.

"I think the main idea that went into writing this film is that we're our own worst enemy, and that idea created this monster, The Tethered," Peele told Entertainment Weekly last December. "I wanted to forge this new mythology that explored our duality and the duality of the characters." While the film seems to focus on good vs. evil on an individual level, Peele told a panel at SXSW that the concept also pertains to societal groups.

"We are in a time where we fear the other, whether it's the mysterious invader who might kill us or take our jobs, or the faction that doesn't live near us that votes differently than we did," he said, according to Vanity Fair. "Maybe the evil is us. Maybe the monster that we're looking at has our face."

Peele's ability to make fans look inward at their own demons is, sadly, not the film's greatest accomplishment. Instead, Peele broke ground by being one of the first (if not the first) mainstream director to feature a Black family front and center in a horror film, a feat Nyong'o praised in an interview with Rolling Stone.

"The subject of race is irrelevant to the experience that this family is going through. But the fact that this family exists in this particular genre and the legacy that is horror, that is the racial statement," she said. "The subject itself, what we're dealing with in the film, is something else. And that in itself is refreshing as well, that the experience of Black people is not always in context of their blackness. At the end of the day, Jordan [Peele], but putting Black people at the center of his narratives, continues to expand our perception, our understanding of such people."

Below, get to know the cast and characters who star in Us.

Lupita Nyong'o

Nyong'o, Academy Award winner and overall fashion and beauty icon, stars as Us ' main protagonist and antagonist. On one hand, she plays Adelaide Wilson, a loving wife and mother of two who just wants her family to have a memorable vacation. On the other, she's Red, the nefarious leader of The Tethered, who stops at nothing to torture her counterpart.

"With the Red character, Jordan [Peele] used two words: queen and cockroach," Nyong'o said at SXSW, according to Vanity Fair. "They were such dissonant ideas, but there's a stillness to both. Queens are often very regal, and they rule with just their energy. With cockroaches, there's always an element of surprise."

Consider us intrigued and horrified.

Photo: Courtesy of Universal Pictures.

Winston Duke

Duke, who starred alongside Nyong'o in Black Panther, portrays Gabe Wilson, a protective, sometimes goofy husband and father who appreciates a classic rap throwback (he plays Luniz' "I Got 5 on It" in the car with his family). His Tethered persona, Abraham, is much more sinister, using brute force and communicating only through grunts.

Photo: Courtesy of Universal Pictures.

Elisabeth Moss

Moss has already proven her versatile acting chops through her transformation from 1960s marketing star in Mad Men to repressed, yet fearless, sexual servant in Handmaid's Tale. In Us, she takes her skills even further, as she morphs from friendly real housewife Kitty Tyler into her malicious Tethered counterpart, Dahlia.

Photo: Courtesy of Universal Pictures.

Tim Heidecker

Typically known for his comedy, Heidecker may seem like an unlikely choice for a horror film. Yet, he definitely fits the part. Heidecker plays Josh Tyler, Kitty's wealthy husband and close friend of the Wilsons. His doppelgänger goes by Tex.

Josh and Kitty also parent twin girls, Becca and Lindsey (Cali and Noelle Sheldon), whose Tethered personas, Io and Nix, rival the creepy twins in The Shining.

Photo: Courtesy of Universal Pictures.

Evan Alex

Alex plays the Wilson's youngest child, Jason, and is the first character to encounter one of The Tethered on the beach. Though he appears sweet and non-confrontational in the real world, his doppelgänger, Pluto, is fearless. His persona is somewhat like that of a puppy and he has a fascination with fire. *Shudder*

Photo: Courtesy of Universal Pictures.

Shahadi Wright Joseph

Thirteen-year-old Wright Joseph plays the Wilson's daughter, Zora. But don't let Zora's friendly nature or badass name fool you; her Tethered counterpart, Umbrae, is skin-crawlingly scary.

Photo: Courtesy of Universal Pictures.

Madison Curry

Curry may be the youngest of the bunch, but she's far from the least intimidating. This rising star portrays the child versions of both Adelaide and Red.

Photo: Courtesy of Universal Pictures.

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Jordan Peele's latest horror film, Us, already has already impressed critics and given fans nightmares. But, perhaps the one thing that's more impressive than Peele's storytelling and knack for tapping into the darkest recesses of the human mind is his ability to put together an incredible cast of Us, led by Lupita Nyong'o and Winston Duke. The film centers around the Wilson family, who encounter alarming, vindictive creatures who look just like them while on a vacation with their friends, the Tylers, in Northern California. Throughout Us, each of the primary characters portrays two people: the characters we acknowledge being from the "real" world and their "Tethered" doppelgängers.

"I think the main idea that went into writing this film is that we're our own worst enemy, and that idea created this monster, The Tethered," Peele told Entertainment Weekly last December. "I wanted to forge this new mythology that explored our duality and the duality of the characters." While the film seems to focus on good vs. evil on an individual level, Peele told a panel at SXSW that the concept also pertains to societal groups.

"We are in a time where we fear the other, whether it's the mysterious invader who might kill us or take our jobs, or the faction that doesn't live near us that votes differently than we did," he said, according to Vanity Fair. "Maybe the evil is us. Maybe the monster that we're looking at has our face."

Peele's ability to make fans look inward at their own demons is, sadly, not the film's greatest accomplishment. Instead, Peele broke ground by being one of the first (if not the first) mainstream director to feature a Black family front and center in a horror film, a feat Nyong'o praised in an interview with Rolling Stone.

"The subject of race is irrelevant to the experience that this family is going through. But the fact that this family exists in this particular genre and the legacy that is horror, that is the racial statement," she said. "The subject itself, what we're dealing with in the film, is something else. And that in itself is refreshing as well, that the experience of Black people is not always in context of their blackness. At the end of the day, Jordan [Peele], but putting Black people at the center of his narratives, continues to expand our perception, our understanding of such people."

Below, get to know the cast and characters who star in Us.

Lupita Nyong'o

Nyong'o, Academy Award winner and overall fashion and beauty icon, stars as Us ' main protagonist and antagonist. On one hand, she plays Adelaide Wilson, a loving wife and mother of two who just wants her family to have a memorable vacation. On the other, she's Red, the nefarious leader of The Tethered, who stops at nothing to torture her counterpart.

"With the Red character, Jordan [Peele] used two words: queen and cockroach," Nyong'o said at SXSW, according to Vanity Fair. "They were such dissonant ideas, but there's a stillness to both. Queens are often very regal, and they rule with just their energy. With cockroaches, there's always an element of surprise."

Consider us intrigued and horrified.

Photo: Courtesy of Universal Pictures.

Winston Duke

Duke, who starred alongside Nyong'o in Black Panther, portrays Gabe Wilson, a protective, sometimes goofy husband and father who appreciates a classic rap throwback (he plays Luniz' "I Got 5 on It" in the car with his family). His Tethered persona, Abraham, is much more sinister, using brute force and communicating only through grunts.

Photo: Courtesy of Universal Pictures.

Elisabeth Moss

Moss has already proven her versatile acting chops through her transformation from 1960s marketing star in Mad Men to repressed, yet fearless, sexual servant in Handmaid's Tale. In Us, she takes her skills even further, as she morphs from friendly real housewife Kitty Tyler into her malicious Tethered counterpart, Dahlia.

Photo: Courtesy of Universal Pictures.

Tim Heidecker

Typically known for his comedy, Heidecker may seem like an unlikely choice for a horror film. Yet, he definitely fits the part. Heidecker plays Josh Tyler, Kitty's wealthy husband and close friend of the Wilsons. His doppelgänger goes by Tex.

Josh and Kitty also parent twin girls, Becca and Lindsey (Cali and Noelle Sheldon), whose Tethered personas, Io and Nix, rival the creepy twins in The Shining.

Photo: Courtesy of Universal Pictures.

Evan Alex

Alex plays the Wilson's youngest child, Jason, and is the first character to encounter one of The Tethered on the beach. Though he appears sweet and non-confrontational in the real world, his doppelgänger, Pluto, is fearless. His persona is somewhat like that of a puppy and he has a fascination with fire. *Shudder*

Photo: Courtesy of Universal Pictures.

Shahadi Wright Joseph

Thirteen-year-old Wright Joseph plays the Wilson's daughter, Zora. But don't let Zora's friendly nature or badass name fool you; her Tethered counterpart, Umbrae, is skin-crawlingly scary.

Photo: Courtesy of Universal Pictures.

Madison Curry

Curry may be the youngest of the bunch, but she's far from the least intimidating. This rising star portrays the child versions of both Adelaide and Red.

Photo: Courtesy of Universal Pictures.

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