Kaluuya is ‘Robert De Niro to Jordan Peele’s Martin Scorsese’

Daniel Kaluuya is ‘Robert De Niro to Jordan Peele’s Martin Scorsese’, his cast has reiterated, as the pair reunite for highly-anticipated horror film Nope.

American actor Brandon Perea said Kaluuya and Peele were “juggernauts” in the industry and the production had been an “incredible experience”.

Details about Nope, which is set on a California horse ranch, are scarce, although trailers suggest there is a spooky and supernatural element to the film.

The film is Peele’s follow-up to acclaimed features Get Out and Us, the former of which won him the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.

His thought-provoking films are known for dealing with issues of race in the United States and beyond through the lens of horror.

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No stars (left to right) Donna Mills, Brandon Perea, Keke Palmer and Daniel Kaluuya (

Nope stars Perea, Keke Palmer, Steven Yeun, Donna Mills and Kaluuya.

Speaking to the PA news agency about Peele as director, Perea said: “In the Martin Scorsese sense, Daniel is his De Niro.

“I, I’m like ‘let me be your Leonardo DiCaprio then,’ because Scorsese and him are working together.

“I’m trying to be number two, you know, that’s what I’m trying to do.”

On working on the film, he added, “It was an incredible experience.

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American actor Brandon Perea said Kaluuya and Peele were “juggernauts” in the industry and the production had been an “incredible experience” (Ian West/PA)

“I learned so much, but my favorite part was working with all these incredible people. Working with Danny Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, Steven Yeun… Jordan Peele was behind the lens.

“These are all welders, so what they do is the best of the best.”

Peele has also previously described Kaluuya as “my De Niro”, although the actor said it was necessary to “actualize your career” before being mentioned alongside “those legends”.

“It’s cool, but for me, I’m always focused and it’s an absolute honor and a blessing that he sees me that way, but it’s like what are we doing?” he told the BBC’s The One Show.

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Rapper Stormzy was among the famous faces who joined the cast of Nope at the London premiere on Thursday (Ian West/PA)

“You actually have to do it. You have to actualize your career to be mentioned with these legends.”

Speaking at the Nope premiere in London, Kaluuya told PA it was “really cool” to be part of the project and help Peele “build another world”.

The 33-year-old actor wore black sunglasses with a white shirt and camel suit as he posed for pictures outside the Odeon in Leicester Square.

Rappers Stormzy, AJ Tracey and Mercury Prize-nominated singer Joy Crookes were among celebrities who joined the blue carpet cast at the star-studded event.

Stormzy, 29, cut a casual figure in a dark top, black trousers and gray trainers as he stopped to take selfies with a large line of fans.

The Big For Your Boots hitmaker is a long-time supporter of Kaluuya’s work, having name-checked the actor in a tweet after he won a Bafta ‘Rising Star’ award in 2018.

– Nope will be released in the UK on 12 August.

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