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Director Nia DaCosta and Producer Jordan Peele Discuss the Legend of ‘Candyman’ in New Featurette



Director Nia DaCosta and Screenwriter Jordan Peele Discuss the Legend of 'Candyman' in New Featurette

With mere days to go before Candyman slashes up theaters on August 27th, director Nia DaCosta and producer Jordan Peele sat down to talk briefly about the legend in a new featurette ahead of the film’s release, which has been teased as a “spiritual sequel” of sorts in the past.

The film, written by Peele and his producing partner Win Rosenfeld, has the following synopsis:

“For as long as residents can remember, the housing projects of Chicago’s Cabrini Green neighbourhood 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 film stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Colman Domingo, Vanessa Williams, Michael Hargrove, and Tony Todd.

Are you excited to witness the rebirth of Candyman in theatres? If so, will you be attending a viewing of the film on opening night? As usual, you can sound off down in our comments section below this article to let us know the answers to these questions.

Candyman hooks its way into theatres worldwide on August 27th.

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