According to CBR
In the first trailer for Jordan Peele and Nia DaCosta’s upcoming film, Watchmen star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II plays Anthony McCoy, an artist who moves to Chicago’s Cabrini Green neighborhood with his girlfriend Brianna Cartwright (Teyonah Parris), a gallery owner. After he learns about the Candyman urban legend and the real history behind it, he finds himself drawn to the tragic figure, which unleashes a new wave of violence on the community.
According to the official film synopsis,
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.
Original Candyman star Tony Todd will return to reprise his iconic role from the Clive Barker classic film.
Candyman is directed by Nia DaCosta with a script by Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld. It stars Tony Todd, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Teyonah Parris. Filming is currently underway, with a scheduled release on June 12.