The upcoming thriller, horror film NOPE from Jordan Peele is to be one of summer’s most talked about films and sure to become another thought-provoking commentary that’ll leave you theorizing long after its end. With Hollywood A-listers at the forefront like Daniel Kaluuya (Black Panther, Judas and the Black Messiah), Steve Yeun, and Keke Palmer, there’s new faces as well who we’re excited to see. One of them being 27-year-old Fil-Am actor, Brandon Perea.
Brandon Perea’s delivered a breakout performance in Netflix’s The OA and is no making his box office debut. He plays Angel Torres, tech expert who works at Fry’s Electronics and helps horse trainers OJ (Kaluuya) and Emerald (Palmer) to get recorded footage of a UFO that’s been disrupting the animal’s behaviors.
His character plays an interesting role in the film as the stand-in for the audience and in a way the fourth wall. The comedically dry humor will have audiences liking Angel, but also his other characteristics matches well with the main cast.
Getting this role was an emotional rollercoaster for Brandon and shared that he gave a speech to Peele that made him cry too. “You know this industry can be so hard and it has its ups and downs and rollercoasters around and I felt that maybe he could relate as well. It was very touching.” The role of Angel was actually rewritten after Brandon got the role because of his grounded audition.
According to Asian Journal, “Usually what we see when we go into retail stores are people who don’t really wanna be there, so I feel like that’s the energy I usually get [from those employees], and Jordan thought that was really funny, and that’s what he ran with: a more hard-nosed character who’s just mad at everything,” Perea shared. With that his character softens when he meets the siblings, OJ and Emerald as he figures they’re different than the usuals who come into the store. He then tries to help them with what’s happening in the sky.
Find out how it all pans out and who survives and who doesn’t in this film that will have you saying, NOPE!
Cover Photo Credit: Brandon Perea Instagram