A new horror flick which just started filming – Nanny – will be set on the Upper East Side, we’ve learned from Deadline. “Aisha, an immigrant Nanny, piecing together a new life in New York City while caring for the child of an Upper East Side family, is forced to confront a concealed truth that threatens to shatter her precarious American Dream,” according to IMDB.
The director and writer is Sierra Leonean-American filmmaker Nikyatu Jusu, who told Deadline that “Nanny is my attempt to make sense of the displacement, the nostalgia immigrant women carry as they forge inexorably new lives in America,” adding that “Women like my protagonist Aisha, my mother and perhaps your mothers, refused to succumb to a society never intended for their success but rather empowered themselves with a narrative of survival that equipped them to thrive, to fly, to survive.”
Nanny will be Jusu’s feature film debut, but her films have screened at festivals around the world. Her IMDB profile highlights her short films entitled Suicide by Sunlight, Flowers and African Booty Scratcher.
Nanny’s cast members will include Michelle Monaghan, Phylicia Rashad, Anna Diop, Morgan Spector, Sinqua Walls and Samantha Jones.
The film is being financed and produced by Stay Gold Features, Topic Studios and LinLay Productions.
Jusu announced the first day of filming through her Instagram account on June 29. We’ve inquired about filming locations and will provide an update if and when we get more info.