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Oscar(r) champion Jordan Peele unleashes a fresh take on the blood-chilling urban legend that your friend’s older sibling probably “ve told you” about at a sleepover: Candyman. Rising filmmaker Nia DaCosta( Little Woods) steers this contemporary manifestation of the cult classic.

For as long as tenants can retain, the house projects of Chicago’s Cabrini Green neighborhood were terrorized by a word-of-mouth ghost story about a superhuman murderer with a fasten for a hand, readily summon by those daring to repeat his call five times into a mirror. In present day, a decade after the last of the Cabrini towers were torn down, visual master Anthony McCoy( Yahya Abdul-Mateen II; HBO’s Watchmen, Us) and his girlfriend, hall superintendent Brianna Cartwright( Teyonah Parris; If Beale Street Could Talk, The Photograph ), move into a comfort loft condo in Cabrini , now gentrified beyond acknowledgment and colonized by upwardly mobile millennials.

With Anthony’s decorate job 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 terrifying mood of the true story behind Candyman. Anxious to maintain his status in the Chicago art world, Anthony begins to explore these morbid details in his studio as fresh grist for make-ups, unknowingly opening a doorway to a complex past that undoes his own sanity and looses a terrifying motion of violence that applies him on a collision course with destiny.

Universal Pictures presents, from Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures and Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld’s Monkeypaw Make, in association with BRON Creative, Candyman. Candyman is directed by DaCosta, and is produced by Ian Cooper( Us ), Rosenfeld and Peele. The screenplay is by Peele& Rosenfeld and DaCosta. The cinema is based on the 1992 film Candyman, written by Bernard Rose, and the short story “The Forbidden” by Clive Barker. The film’s executive producers are David Kern, Aaron L. Gilbert and Jason Cloth.

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