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Key & Peele star Jordan Peele to write, direct horror movie

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As one of the creators and stars of Key & Peele, Jordan Peele has been making audiences laugh for some time. Now he’s looking to make them scream — and to think, while they’re at it.

Peele has written and will direct the racially charged horror-thriller Get Out for Blumhouse Productions and QC Entertainment, the producers announced Monday.

The movie centers on a young black man who visits his white girlfriend’s family estate.

“Like comedy, horror has an ability to provoke thought and further the conversation on real social issues in a very powerful way,” Peele said in the announcement. “Get Out takes on the task of exploring race in America, something that hasn’t really been done within the genre since Night of the Living Dead 47 years ago. It’s long overdue.”

With his frequent comedic collaborator Keegan-Michael Key, Peele has proven himself to be a sharp social satirist, taking on issues of race, class, and contemporary culture with aplomb. He has also harbored ambitions beyond comedy for some time. A year ago, Peele told EW, “I want to be a thriller director. I’m a big fan of Rosemary’s Baby, Stepford Wives — that genre of film.”

While Key and Peele are winding down their eponymous Comedy Central show this season, they have several projects in the works, including the New Line comedy Keanu and a Paramount movie based on their “Substitute Teacher” sketch.