THE FIRST full trailer for Jordan Peele and Nia DaCosta’s Candyman is here – and it’s sure to scare.
From the initial look, the reincarnation of the cult classic appears to be in good hands with DaCosta and Peele, co-producer and co-screenwriter of Candyman.
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II takes on the title role with support from Teyonah Parris and Colman Domingo, reunited on screen after their roles in Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk.
British actor Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, best known for his roles in E4 series Misfits and Channel 4’s Utopia also stars.
If DaCosta’s name sounds familiar, you may remember that the rising filmmaker directed two episodes of Netflix’s Top Boy, and Little Woods starring Tessa Thompson.
With Peele’s Get Out and US both raising the bar, breaking box office records – and giving us horror films in which the black characters are killed off before the opening credits – audiences can rest assured Candyman will both scare and spark conversations.
In DaCosta’s contemporary retelling of Candyman, visual artist Anthony, played by Abdul-Mateen II, and his girlfriend, played by Parris, move into a luxury loft on the site of the former Cabrini Green housing projects.
Before it was gentrified, the Carbrini Green neighbourhood was terrorised by a ghost story about a supernatural killer with a hook for a hand – Candyman. He could be summoned by those who said his name into a mirror five times.
When Anthony’s career is in trouble, he starts to explore Candyman’s story to inspire his work. But he unknowingly opens the door to the macabre.
Peele has described the film as a “spiritual sequel” to the original, which was released in 1992 and starred Tony Toddy in the title role. But those not familiar with the first incarnation shouldn’t be afraid of not being able to enjoy this one. Its creators have worked on offering a fresh take while balancing expectations of diehard fans of the original.
Candyman is in cinemas June 12