Key and Peele’s Jordan Peele has signed with CAA, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. He was previously without a talent agent, although he and longtime collaborator Keegan-Michael Key were repped by UTA’s touring department as a duo. (Key remains signed with UTA in all areas.)
The move comes as Peele continues to expand his career, since he and Key ended their beloved Comedy Central sketch series in September. In addition to a voice role in DreamWorks Animation’s Captain Underpants, Peele will direct his first feature, the Blumhouse, race-themed horror film Get Out, based on his own script. He and Key are starring together in next spring’s New Line missing-cat comedy, Keanu, which Peele co-wrote, and the duo are attached to produce Paramount’s Substitute Teacher (based on one of Key and Peele‘s most popular recurring sketches), New Line’s Police Academy reboot and an untitled film for Judd Apatow at Universal. They’re also producing Comedy Central’s animated Key and Peele spinoff Van and Mike; a Fox pilot with Vine megastar Andrew Bachelor; and Hulu’s Weird City.
During its five-season run, the critically acclaimed and highly viral Key and Peele racked up a Peabody Award, an American Comedy Award and 13 Emmy nominations, in addition to more than 900 million online views. Key and Peele were previously members of Fox’s MADtv ensemble and also recurred together as hapless FBI partners on season one of FX’s Fargo. They were among Time’s 2014 Most Influential People and Entertainment Weekly’s 2012 Entertainers of the Year.
Peele continues to be represented by Principato-Young and attorney Jared Levine at Morris Yorn.
Nov. 3, 1:15 p.m. Edited to clarify that Peele previously was represented by UTA in touring only.