The fourth overall film in the Candyman franchise stars Watchmen’s Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Mad Men alum and WandaVision breakout Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Colman Domingo, and more. The screenplay was penned by Peele and and DaCosta alongside Win Rosenfeld.
With the painting career of artist Anthony McCoy (Abdul-Mateen II) at risk of stalling out, an encounter with Domingo’s character exposes him to the horror of the true story behind the Candyman legend. To help his career, Anthony then starts exploring the story via his art, unintentionally opening a door to a tragedy-ridden past that sabotages his own sanity while unleashing a horrific wave of violence.
DaCosta’s Candyman is preceded in the franchise by the third entry Day of the Dead, which arrived in 1999. When the team behind the new Candyman started to take shape back in February of 2019, Tony Todd—who portrayed the titular character in all three original films—offered his blessings to the cast and crew.
“Cheers to [Candyman], a wonderful character I’ve lived [with] for 25 years,” Todd said. “He’s brought grace and glory and a beautiful boatload of friends and family.”
Candyman hits theaters Aug. 27. Catch the new trailer up top.
Earlier this month, DaCosta shared a video message in which she discussed the “great hope” of Juneteenth and her inspiration for bringing the Candyman story to a new generation of viewers. Peep that below.
Next for DaCosta is The Marvels, the 31st entry in the MCU and the sequel to Captain Marvel. The film is currently set to be released in November of next year.