Candyman star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II has shared a new animated prologue from Nia DaCosta, director of the upcoming reboot from executive producer Jordan Peele.
The new Candyman has been described as a spiritual sequel to the original cult classic which is based on the short story “The Forbidden” by Clive Barker and follows a vengeful ghost spirit who is summoned after people say his name before a mirror five times in a row. Tony Scott is set to reprise his role as the Candyman himself in the new film.
In addition to the Candyman star, DaCosta also shared the prologue along with the description:
“Candyman, at the intersection of white violence and Black pain, is about unwilling martyrs. The people they were, the symbols we turn them into, the monsters we are told they must have been.”
Universal Pictures released the first trailer for the new Candyman earlier this year. As for DaCosta, Peele previously revealed his reasoning for having her direct the film instead of himself, explaining that she was a much better fit for the project as he was too involved with 2019’s Us at the time the new reboot was coming to fruition.
Here is the official synopsis for Jordan Peele’s Candyman:
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.
Directed by Nia DaCosta from a script she co-wrote with Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld, Candyman stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Colman Domingo, and Tony Todd.
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