The first trailer for Jordan Peele’s Candyman has arrived. The two-minute clip features an eery version of Destiny’s Child’s “Say My Name,” which acts as a perfect tie-in to the horror film’s supernatural murderer, who appears after Chicagoans repeat his name in the mirror. The trailer finds people daring to play the dangerous game — ultimately ending in bloodshed, similar to the original 1992 version.
Peele’s remake is described as a “spiritual sequel” to the classic and will take place in the original Chicago setting, where the infamous Cabrini-Green housing projects once stood. Candyman will star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett and feature an appearance by Tony Todd, who played Candyman in the original movie.
Todd previously told TooFab that he was in support of Peele potentially remaking the film.
“As long as it’s done well, and Jordan is an intelligent screenwriter. I know he would probably do his very best. It’s an iconic character that has withstood the test of time,” he told the outlet, also adding that he’d be interested in playing a significant role in the remake.
Peele’s production company, Monkeypaw Productions, is set to produce the film with Nia DaCosta directing. The “Key & Peele” actor will also pen the script alongside Win Rosenfeld and DaCosta. Candyman will mark Peele’s third horror film, following his 2017 directorial debut with Get Out and last year’s Us.
“The original [Candyman] was a landmark film for black representation in the horror genre,” Peele said about the film in a press release. “Alongside Night of the Living Dead, Candyman was a major inspiration for me as a filmmaker — and to have a bold new talent like Nia at the helm of this project is truly exciting.”
Candyman is slated to hit theaters on June 12. Watch the movie’s first trailer below.