While Candyman is her first feature film, Nia DaCosta has already been snatched up by Marvel Studios to direct their sequel to Captain Marvel. What’s interesting though, is that DaCosta is being wanted for another big budget franchise—Star Wars.
Talking to The Wrap, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has expressed that she had wanted to work with DaCosta before she was hired by Marvel. Kennedy had said that it was an ‘absolute priority’ to get more diverse directors for Star Wars, and she explained, “I was actually sad because I love Nia DaCosta, who was just announced to do Captain Marvel . She’s another director I’ve been watching, and I think she’s enormously talented.”
While I’m all up for diversity behind-the-scenes, I think these big studios are kind of jumping the gun when it comes to hiring these new directors for big-budget projects; that’s kind of what happened with Josh Trank, and with Rogue One director Gareth Edwards as well. While I’m sure DaCosta is talented, I would want her to try her hand in more moderate projects first before taking on big blockbuster films like Star Wars (and Marvel as well).
If anything, Kennedy has now been allowed by Disney to take her time when it comes to developing Star Wars. The past few years haven’t been perfect, but I have to commend Kennedy what she’s done so far. Just imagine what kind of work she can put in now that she isn’t being forced to pump out a movie and one or two animated shows in a year.
For now, the next big Star Wars title is The Mandalorian Season 2, and it’s expected to hit Disney+ this October.
Source: The Playlist