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Get Out director Jordan Peele unveils new sci-fi series for YouTube

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Get Out director Jordan Peele is on a real roll at the moment. Fresh off the back of dropping a superbly scary trailer for his forthcoming feature film Us, the American filmmaker’s given viewers a first glimpse of a new project set to be released via YouTube.

Weird City, a web-only sci-fi comedy starring Rosario Dawson and Superbad’s Michael Cera, will hit screens across the globe on 13 February. There is a slight catch, however: it’ll only be available to viewers who’ve stumped up the cash to be part of the site’s Premium service, which currently retails for £11.99 a month.

Set in the titular city of “Weird”, somewhere in the seemingly not-so-distant future, the anthology series is, YouTube says “exploration of issues that pertain to present-day life,” focussing in on “stories that could only be told now through the prism of sci-fi and comedy.”

Weird’s world is one divided, we’re told, between two groups of inhabitants; the “Above the Line (The Haves)” and “Below the Line (The Have Nots)”. Both sides are presided over by a character named “Dr. Negari”. What the good doctor has planned for them, we’ll have to see.

Peele has worked on Weird City with his long-term collaborative partner Charlie Sanders.