And hints at the return of Tony Todd.
As promised, Candyman, the spiritual sequel from Nia DaCosta and Jordan Peele has released its first trailer – and it’s every bit as bloody and bone-chilling as you’d imagine.
Fittingly set to a slowed-down version of Destiny’s Child’s “Say My Name”, the new trailer teases a little of what fans can expect from the film. Set in Chicago’s Cabrini-Green housing projects, the film focuses on the gentrification of the North Side neighbourhood, and stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Anthony, an artist who appears to begin to fixate on the legend of the Candyman.
As the trailer goes on, Candyman takes more and more victims, and it appears that he has set his sights on Anthony – though whether it’s as a victim or a potential successor to his title remains to be seen, as we seem to see Anthony become more unhinged as the trailer goes on.
But don’t worry horror fans, there will still be plenty of blood and gore, as DaCosta was excited to explore, telling press at an exclusive viewing of the trailer, “I really love gore. It’s something that Jordan and I talked about a lot. What’s fun about working with Jordan is that our horror aesthetics are different. Jordan is really brilliant at not showing everything and my instinct is to do the exact opposite…there’s a good amount of things you don’t want to see.”
The one thing the trailer has been sure to keep hidden is whether fans will see original Candyman actor Tony Todd return to the role, and DaCosta wasn’t forthcoming with details, simply saying “[Todd] is iconic and what we have done with the film is…great and I don’t want to give anything away.”
Candyman is set for release on June 12th.