Jordan Peele’s ‘Candyman’ Trailer Is Gory and Woke

Jordan Peele has done it again. The new Candyman trailer is here, and we are absolutely, positively shook.

Fittingly set to a slowed down version of Destiny’s Child “Say My Name,” the trailer teases an intense and scary film while simultaneously hiding specific details.

The reimagining of the 1992 classic, directed by rising filmmaker Nia DaCosta, is set in in Chicago’s Cabrini-Green housing projects. According to Deadline, the film will focus on the gentrification of the North Side neighborhood.

“Gentrification is what helped us to reimagine the story because Cabrini-Green is gone,” said DaCosta at an exclusive viewing of the trailer. “The movie from the ’90s has a vision of Cabrini-Green where it’s sort of on its way to being knocked down.”

See the trailer below:

Candyman stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Us), Teyonah Parris (If Beale Street Could Talk), Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (Misfits) and Colman Domingo (Fear the Walking Dead). The screenplay is by Peele, Clive Barker and Win Rosenfeld.

The film is produced by Peele, Rosenfeld and Ian Cooper, and it’s directed by DaCosta, who is a 29-year-old Black women. A true game changer.

The trailer doesn’t tell us if the original Candyman Tony Todd will be returning, but it does appear to be promising.

Candyman opens in theaters on June 12.

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Bryant Lydell is creative, personable and quick-witted Howard and USC alum. He's the founder of The Top Tea, a songwriter, screenwriter and member of the casting team for Netflix's NAACP Image Award-winning hip-hop competition series Rhythm + Flow.

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