Picture this: Janelle Monae starring as a private investigator in an Alfred Hitchcock-inspired drama directed by Get Out writer and producer Jordan Peele. Ahead the 90th annual Academy Awards, where Peele is up for three nominations, the director teamed up with Monae to create their own Hitchcock-inspired film titled Noir Town for W magazine.
Monae, clad in a brown plaid pantsuit and a tan trench coat, takes on the role a private investigator in Noir Town as she's pictured taking photos to use in her case. As Janelle snaps photos bystanders, she notices that the individuals look like her; in fact, all them resemble her.
“I wanted to create a Hitchcock moment that doesn’t really exist in a Hitchcock film,” Peele told W magazine. He added, “I didn’t want the Hitchcock heroine. I wanted the Hitchcock hero. That way, we can reclaim this movie that we never got to see. The fear gender and race robs us beautiful pieces film.”
The Noir Town photo shoot is part W magazine's photo series where Peele, Greta Gerwig and Luca Guadagnino bring film to fashion as the directors create fashion shoots with their favorite leading ladies.
View the photos below.