Don’t say his name five times or you will get the hook…because Daniel Robataille is back!
Candyman returns in a spiritual sequel/reboot co-written and produced by Jordan Peele and directed by Nia DaCosta, who co-wrote the script along with Peele and Win Rosenfeld.
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) and his girlfriend, gallery director Brianna Cartwright (Teyonah Parris), 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) 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.
It is widely speculated that Tony Todd, who played Robataille in the original trilogy of films, returns to the iconic role, but one thing is for sure. Todd is in the film, but has he returned to the role? Wait ’til June 12 to find out, because that’s when Universal Pictures is releasing the film.