Nia DaCosta is definitely someone to keep an eye on. The Brooklyn-born director and screenwriter worked on a number of indie films before breaking out with the 2018 crime thriller Little Woods. Starring Marvel actress Tessa Thompson, Little Woods received high praises and placed DaCosta in the centre of Disney’s attention.
In August, the 30-year old director was announced to direct Captain Marvel 2, making her the first Black woman to direct a Marvel Cinematic Universe film.
During a recent interview with The Wrap, President of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy shared that she had been eyeing the director for an upcoming Star Wars gig before she signed her name to Marvel.
“I was actually sad because I love Nia DaCosta, who was just announced to do Captain Marvel 2. She’s another director I’ve been watching, and I think she’s enormously talented,” said Kennedy.
DaCosta recently wrapped up productions with Candyman. Directed by DaCosta herself and produced by Jordan Peele (Lovecraft Country, Us, Get Out), Candyman is a horror film based on racial injustices and classism that plagues America.
DaCosta may not be a household name yet, but it certainly would have be interesting to see what she would do with Star Wars. This is especially since the Star Wars fanbase comprises of many women and girls, and yet all of the films thus far are made by men.
Hiring female directors is a priority for Kennedy. The upcoming Obi-Wan series will be helmed by Deborah Chow. Chow also directed the hit Star Wars live-action TV Series The Mandalorian. A new female-centric series is in the works too.
Should Star Wars keep going at it, there could be a possibility of DaCosta directing a Star Wars flick in the future.
Until then, here are a list of upcoming Star Wars projects:
- The Mandalorian Season 2
- Star Wars: The Bad Batch
- Cassian Andor Rogue One Prequel Series
- Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi Series
- Untitled Taika Waititi Movie
- Untitled Leslye Headland Female-Centric Disney+ Series
- Untitled Rian Johnson Trilogy