Jordan Peele & Keke Palmer Interview: Nope Home Release

Jordan Peele’s latest masterpiece, Nope, is set to release on Blu-Ray and DVD on October 25. Fans are still buzzing with new theories and speculations about the film. Jordan Peele is known for infusing social commentary in his films, almost putting a mirror up to its viewers.

Ahead of Nope’s home entertainment release, Screen Rant spoke to director, writer, and producer Jordan Peele as well as the film’s star, the wonderfully talented Keke Palmer. Keke Palmer, who plays Emerald in the film, starts as a bit of comic relief, but as the story unfolds, we see ourselves in her.


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Palmer discusses why she took the role of Em and praises the collaboration process with Peele. Peele also talks about the evolution of ‘Jean Jacket’ and dives into a popular fan theory about Nope.

Jordan Peele & Keke Palmer on Nope

Screen Rant: First of all, guys, amazing job on Nope. I love the film. Jordan, the first question for you is, at the beginning of the film, you use the Bible verse Nahum 3:6, “I will cast abominable filth upon you, make you vile and make you a spectacle.” Could that be a commentary on one’s obsession with spectacle and how it can lead to their demise? Or does this confirm a fan theory that references a bad miracle in which Jean Jacket could be a biblically accurate angel?

Keke Palmer: Wow.

Jordan Peele: I refuse to answer the angel question. You will absolutely not get any certainty on me as to the nature of Jean Jacket. How dare you? No, it’s great. It’s a great question. No, see…

Keke Palmer: This is the thing that kills me about this damn movie, is everybody covers something that really could add up. How can you make everything add up? What kind of math whiz is he? That doesn’t make sense to me.

Jordan Peele: We did talk about some… Look, here’s the thing, this is how I’m going to answer the question. This is a verse about God punishing a city. I think the city in question here is Hollywood and the exploitative structure of our industry. That’s kind of what the movie is about.

Awesome. Keke, can you talk to me about the collaboration process of working with Jordan, and what you wanted to bring to the role of Em that only you could bring? Because if I’m not mistaken, the role was written for you.

Keke Palmer: Yes, to answer that part of it. The part that made me so excited about what I could bring to this character that’s unique to me is the arc from whom we think she is as a jester to her, essentially evolving into something that we did not expect. And just the opportunity to showcase that range and experience that range in one film, it’s so rare. It’s so rare for any actor. It’s rare for a female actor and even rarer for a black female actor. I was just like, “Oh my gosh, I can’t believe when I read this on the page that I thought it was one thing, and then it was like it became something else.” I do feel that I love comedy, but I love drama just as much.

To showcase both of those and experience them in this film was excellent. Then the experience of working with Jordan was incredible because he’s so collaborative, but then he’s so genius at the same time. He knows exactly what he wants, and that’s so inspiring, but then it becomes something different when you see the way that he works with you and others by trusting you to also inform him of what he’s put in front of you.

I just think that’s a very unique experience. You don’t always find that. You have to be courageous and have a lot of trust as a creative. I think he really does. He really is a collaborator in the true sense.

I’ve been on this kick of watching these old classic films like Close Encounters and ET and a handful of others. And Jordan, can you talk to me about how the evolution of Jean Jacket changed across development?

Keke Palmer: Ooh.

Jordan Peele: Yeah. We go into detail in the DVD about the development of the design of Jean Jacket. And in the beginning, we had certain things we knew needed to happen. We knew we needed to create something that was a spectacle and something awe-inspiring enough to challenge your ability to look away even when you’re in danger.

Starting from there, we tried to create something that made sense but also did address some of these angelic notions of design as well as evolution. Which is why you have the square energy that comes in, which you don’t see very much in nature.

About Nope

Caretakers at a California horse ranch encounter a mysterious force that affects human and animal behavior.

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Nope will be available to own on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™, and DVD on October 25 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

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