Daniel Kaluuya is “Jordan Peele’s Martin Scorsese’s Robert De Niro”, echoed his castmate, as the couple reunited for the highly anticipated horror flick Nope.
American actor Brandon Perea said Kaluuya and Peele were “behemoths” in the industry and the production had been an “incredible experience”.
Details about Nope, set on a California ranch, are scarce, though trailers suggest there’s a sinister, supernatural element to the film.
The film is Peele’s sequel to the acclaimed feature films Get Out and Us, the former of which won him the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.
His thought-provoking films are known for addressing issues of race in the United States and further afield through the lens of horror.
Nope stars Perea, Keke Palmer, Steven Yeun, Donna Mills and Kaluuya.
Speaking to the PA news agency about Peele as a director, Perea said: “In Martin Scorsese’s sense, Daniel is his De Niro.
“I’m like, ‘let me be your Leonardo DiCaprio then,’ because he and Scorsese are collaborating.
“I’m trying to be the second runner-up, you know, that’s what I’m trying to do.”
Of working on the film, he added, “It was an amazing experience.
“I learned so much but my favorite part was working with all these amazing people. Working with Danny Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, Steven Yeun… Jordan Peele was behind the lens.
“They’re all behemoths, so what they do is the best of the best.”
Peele has also previously described Kaluuya as “my De Niro”, although the actor said he needed to “refresh his career” before being mentioned alongside “those legends”.
“It’s cool but for me, I always stay focused and it’s an absolute honor and a blessing that he sees me that way, but it’s like, what do we do?” he told BBC’s The One Show.
“You really have to do it. You need to refresh your career to be mentioned with these captions.
Speaking at the London premiere of Nope, 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 photos outside the Odeon in Leicester Square.
Rappers Stormzy, AJ Tracey and Mercury Prize-nominated singer Joy Crookes were among the celebrities to join the cast on the blue carpet at the star-studded event.
Stormzy, 29, cut a relaxed figure in a dark top, black trousers and gray trainers as he stopped to take selfies with a huge line of fans.
The Big For Your Boots hitmaker is a longtime supporter of Kaluuya’s work, having verified the actor’s name in a tweet after he won a Bafta ‘Rising Star’ award in 2018.
– Nope is due out in the UK on August 12.