While the MGM and Universal Pictures film Candyman is being called a spiritual sequel the recent teaser trailer released yesterday seemingly is leaving room for a new actor to take on the titular role. 

HN Entertainment previously reported that the original Candyman movie and lore is expected to be canon in director Nia DaCosta’s new film.

However, the trailer is giving the impression that actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II might end up morphing into the new Candyman. 

Yahya could be potentially taking the reigns from franchise actor Tony Todd, who is expected to appear. 

MGM has confirmed that Vanessa A. Williams will be returning, who played Anne-Marie McCoy, one of the residents of Cabrini Green housing projects in the original Candyman movie from 1992. 

You can watch that fantastically cut trailer below. 

This summer, Oscar® winner Jordan Peele unleashes a fresh take on the blood-chilling urban legend that your friend’s older sibling probably told you about at a sleepover: Candyman. Rising filmmaker Nia DaCosta (Little Woods) directs this contemporary incarnation of the cult classic. 

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.

The script was penned by Jordan Peele (US, Get Out), Win Rosenfeld and Nia DaCosta. 

Candyman has been given a prime summer release date by Universal for June 12th. 


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