Director Nikyatu Jusu made her directorial debut. Nanny, a new horror flick from the up-and-coming talent, is slated for release this fall. Blumhouse Productions produces alongside Stay Gold Features, Topic Studios and LinLay Productions. Amazon Studios is configured to handle extended distribution rights. In addition to directing, Jusu also wrote the screenplay.
Jusu is best known for her work that focuses on the complex struggles faced by black and immigrant women in the United States. His short film suicide in the suncentered on a dark vampire whose melanin shields her from the sun, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2019. Now the filmmaker seems to be following that horror path with her latest venture, which also premiered at Sundance earlier this year.
With that, let’s look at everything we know about Nanny, Jusu’s feature directorial debut. What will the plot consist of and what themes can be explored? Who was lined up in the cast? While the film premiered at Sundance, when and where can we expect a public release? And what else should the public know about Nikyatu Jusu Nanny?
Nanny: the plot
Since Nanny premiering at Sundance earlier this year, we have a general idea of what to expect from the plot. An official synopsis says:
“In this fable of psychological horror of displacement, Aisha, a recent immigrant from Senegal, is hired to care for the daughter of a wealthy couple living in New York. Haunted by the absence of the young son she left behind, Aisha hopes her new job will offer her the chance to take him to the United States, but becomes increasingly disturbed by the family’s unstable home life. As her arrival nears, a violent presence begins to invade both her dreams and her reality, threatening the American dream she is painstakingly assembling. »
An official trailer was released last week, giving audiences a chance to see what Jusu has in store for us. Immediately, the family seems normal, maybe a little too much. The supernatural and horror elements emerge quickly, and audiences should be prepared for a wild ride. Evoking Jordan Peele vibes, it’s no surprise that Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions has already acquired Jusu’s next project after Nanny.
Jusu noted in an interview with IndieWire that she didn’t want to tell a traditional genre story, saying:
“I wanted to remix this story of a domestic experience with gender. A lot of movies that I like do that. I wanted to remix the American immigrant experience with the genre. Many people have a way of doing this – whether you were raised by a nanny or your mother was one. »
Given the synopsis and Jusu’s own statements, audiences can anticipate that Nanny will tell an immigrant story through the lens of horror. With immigrants already facing significant hardship, amplifying that with a horror story could create a hard-hitting film that really resonates with audiences. We’ll probably have to wait for more information to come out to see how this theory holds up.
Nanny: the cast
Anna Diop is there We stars as Aisha, the titular nanny and Senegalese immigrant. She works as a nanny to support her son, hoping one day to bring him from Senegal with her. Mission impossible Actress Michelle Monaghan plays Amy, the mother of the child Aisha is hired to babysit. Golden ageMorgan Spector is her husband, Adam. Amy and Adam seem fine at first, though it quickly becomes clear that something is wrong.
American soul star Sinqua Walls plays Malik, Aisha’s love interest. He’s easy-going and helps keep Aisha grounded through all her new struggles. Actor Rose Decker is up for the role of Rose, Amy and Adam’s daughter and the child Aisha takes care of. The iconic actor and singer Leslie Uggams is Kathleen, Malik’s grandmother. She would use her spiritual connections to help Aisha understand what is happening to her.
Actor Zephani Idoko is in the role of Sallay and Princess Idenike is Nikki. They are the key actors in the film, with many supporting and background roles also confirmed. For more details on the existing characters, as well as confirmation of additional roles, we’ll likely have to wait for more information.
Nanny premiering at the Sundance Film Festival on January 22, 2022. It is Jusu’s second film to premiere at the festival, after suicide in the sun in 2019. In March 2022, the film’s distribution rights were acquired by Amazon Studios and Blumhouse Productions. The film is also expected to screen at the Toronto International Film Festival before receiving its wide release.
Nanny will receive a limited theatrical release on November 23, 2022, just in time for the potentially lucrative Thanksgiving weekend market. After this limited release, the film will stream on Amazon Prime Video on December 16, 2022.