One of the icons of black horror will return to the screen in the form of Nia DaCosta’s upcoming Candyman film, described as being a “spiritual sequel” to the 1992 movie directed by Bernie Rose. We just got our first look at the trailer for DaCosta’s Candyman, and suffice to say, it looks like a wild ride.
This Candyman is the result of collaboration between DaCosta, the director of Little Woods, and producer Jordan Peele, who had long expressed a desire to revisit the iconic early 1990s supernatural slasher property. This treatment was co-written by DaCosta, Peele and Win Rosenfeld, and is scheduled to hit theaters on June 12. Actual footage of the film had been held back until now, but we predict that considerable buzz is about to begin building—unrelated to the film’s ubiquitous use of bees, that is.
The plot of this Candyman is a bit difficult to tell entirely from the trailer (not that this is a bad thing), as its its connection to the original film, but the one thing that is clear is that it will be returning to the original location of the first film, which was Chicago’s infamous Cabrini-Green housing projects. Now gentrified into a “nicer” neighborhood, we can expect the film to tackle racial issues of housing discrimination and gentrification, even as it revives the spirit of Candyman, the ghost of a black man who was lynched by a mob after being caught in an interracial love affair. The trailer doesn’t really go so far as giving us a good look at him in this first footage, but we see plenty of the devastation left in his wake.
Candyman stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who you might remember as Black Manta in the Aquaman movie, alongside Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett and Colman Domingo. Check out the pulse-raising first trailer below.