Interview: Nikyatu Jusu and Anna Diop talk Nanny

2022 has been an excellent year for horror. And with only a couple of weeks left, audiences have yet another scary treat with Nanny. And frankly, you’ve likely heard the filmmaker’s name behind it recently, as the very talented Nikyatu Jusu’s upcoming project is a Night of the Living Dead sequel. However, with the upcoming release of Nanny, get ready for a creepy, atmospheric, and beautifully acted fright-fest starring the impressive Anna Diop. The new feature tells the story of an immigrant nanny who must deal with a few frightening truths while on her latest assignment. It’s an excellent feature and one well worth your viewing pleasure.

Described as a “psychological horror fable of displacement”, Nanny follows

Aisha, a woman who recently emigrated from Senegal and is hired to care for the daughter of an affluent couple living in New York City. Haunted by the absence of the young son she left behind, Aisha hopes her new job will afford her the chance to bring him to the U.S., but becomes increasingly unsettled by the family’s volatile home life. As his arrival approaches, a violent presence begins to invade both her dreams and her reality, threatening the American dream she is painstakingly piecing together.

Anna Diop (Titans) is joined in the cast by Michelle Monaghan (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang), Sinqua Walls (American Soul), Morgan Spector (The Mist TV series), Rose Decker (Mare of Easttown), and Leslie Uggams (Deadpool).

Recently, we spoke to the film’s star and director, Ms. Diop and Ms. Jusu. It was an enjoyable chat about taking on such an intense and emotional role for Anna. Nikyatu opened up about her approach to this deep and thoughtful (yet scary) story. Only a day or two before this interview occurred, the news broke of the director’s involvement with the upcoming Night of the Living Dead sequel. I did mention that, and she is not quite at the place where she can divulge too much.

Thankfully, we have the excellent Nanny hitting Prime Video on Friday. It was a pleasure speaking to both of these fine talents about this terrific film.


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