Nia DaCosta
Universal Pictures/MGM
United States


Back in 2020, DaCosta made headlines when it was announced that she would become the first Black woman to direct a Marvel film, “The Marvels.” Fans eager to see her take on the MCU have been frustrated by a series of delays, pushing the release date back three times, ultimately taking it from July 2022 to the following July. She experienced pushbacks with her previous film as well due to the COVID-19 pandemic, that one a direct sequel to and titled after the 1992 horror movie “Candyman,” that she co-wrote with Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld. Originally scheduled for June 2020, it was ultimately released in August 2021, when it became the first film directed by a Black woman to top the box-office charts on its opening weekend. She is also co-creator, with Aron Eli Coleite, of the horror podcast series “Ghost Tape.”  




  • New York University (NY, USA)
  • University of London (UK)

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Meet the Artists Who Contributed to the Art of ‘Candyman’

Meet the Artists Who Contributed to the Art of ‘Candyman’

Paintings are a window into the soul of “Candyman,” the story of a budding artist who becomes fascinated with the urban legend of a killer with a hook for a hand.In Nia DaCosta’s update of the 1992 horror film, opening Aug. 27, the artist’s work starts to consume him and begins affecting his life. Yahya Abdul Mateen II plays artist Anthony McCoy, while his girlfriend Brianna Cartwright, played by “WandaVision” actor Teyonah Parris, is a gallery director steeped in Chicago’s...


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