There may be nothing more dangerous than saying his name five times, and the “Candyman” trailer proves just that. The much-anticipated look at Jordan Peele’s reboot of the 1992 horror is here and it’s as gory and terrifying as film fans will have hoped for.
Peele has produced the film, with Nia DaCosta (“Little Woods”) having directed and co-written alongside Peele and Win Rosenfeld. It has been billed as a “spiritual reboot” as opposed to an outright remake of the 1992 “Candyman” which was directed by Bernard Rose and starred Virginia Madsen.
The cast includes Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (“Watchmen”), Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (“Utopia”), Teyonah Parris and Colman Domingo (“If Beale Street Could Talk”). The film has been produced through Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions.
Universal Pictures released the following synopsis for the upcoming horror thriller to accompany the trailer on their YouTube channel:
“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.”
Peele has had much success with his horror films in recent years, having directed, written and produced the Academy Award winning “Get Out” as well as last year’s “Us” which saw Lupita Nyong’o nominated for a SAG Award. Although he doesn’t direct “Candyman,” it’s the kind of social thriller that we’ve come to expect from films associated with Peele. DaCosta meanwhile had her breakthrough last year with the crime thriller “Little Woods” starring Tessa Thompson, which was met with critical acclaim.
Monkeypaw Productions has had a successful 2020 so far with the release of “Hunters,” a television series streaming on Amazon Prime and starring Al Pacino. Their next film currently in pre-production is “Wendell and Wild” which will be distributed by Netflix next year.
Universal Pictures will distribute “Candyman” which is set to be released on June 12, 2020.
The trailer can be watched below: