After directing horror hits like Get Out and Us, Jordan Peele is actually on the producer’s chair for a reboot/sequel of Candyman. The first trailer is finally out, and it gives us a creepy horror film starring Watchmen’s Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.
Here’s the official description:
For as long as residents can remember, the housing projects of Chicago’s Cabrini Green neighborhood were terrorized by a word-of-mouth ghost story about a supernatural killer with a hook for a hand, easily summoned by those daring to repeat his name five times into a mirror. In present day, a decade after the last of the Cabrini towers were torn down, visual artist Anthony McCoy (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II; HBO’s Watchmen, Us) and his girlfriend, gallery director Brianna Cartwright (Teyonah Parris; If Beale Street Could Talk, The Photograph), move into a luxury loft condo in Cabrini, now gentrified beyond recognition and inhabited by upwardly mobile millennials.
With Anthony’s painting career on the brink of stalling, a chance encounter with a Cabrini Green old-timer (Colman Domingo; HBO’s Euphoria, Assassination Nation) exposes Anthony to the tragically horrific nature of the true story behind Candyman. Anxious to maintain his status in the Chicago art world, Anthony begins to explore these macabre details in his studio as fresh grist for paintings, unknowingly opening a door to a complex past that unravels his own sanity and unleashes a terrifyingly viral wave of violence that puts him on a collision course with destiny.
It’s worth noting that though Peele is attached to this movie, the director is actually Nia DaCosta. She doesn’t have that much movies under her belt, but this is her second title after Little Woods which came out back in 2018.
With most horror properties getting the reboot treatment, I’m interested to see what happens when it comes to Candyman. The villain himself has a very racially charged origin, so I’m curious to see how it will tackle its story, especially during today’s social climate.
Catch Candyman in theaters when it comes out June 12.