The Candyman trailer arrives on Thursday (February 27).
The short clip finds four characters from the film uttering Candyman’s name, with the fifth and final saying of the name coming from a voice actor. The tweet is in reference to the legend of Candyman — that if you say his name five times while facing a mirror he will be summonned, and proceed to kill the person who said his name.
I dare you to say his name.
— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) February 25, 2020
The Nia DaCosta-directed, Peele-produced Candyman reboot is being described as a “spiritual sequel” to the original. The movie will take place at the now-gentrified section of Chicago where the Cabrini-Green housing projects once stood, which was the setting of the original film.
Initially, it was reported that actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II would portray the titular character, replacing Tony Todd. However, DaCosta clarified that that wasn’t the case in an interview with Collider.
“Well, it’s been slightly misreported,” DaCosta said last year. “I can’t say what’s happening in the film because we want it to be a surprise, but he’s not replacing Tony Todd. That’s been reported, and I was just like, ‘I don’t know what to say about this. This is not right.'”
Candyman is scheduled for release on June 12, 2020.