The preview focuses on the connection between Yahya Abdul-Mateen II’s Anthony McCoy and the urban legend Candyman; in the 1992 film, McCoy was the infant character who was kidnapped by the hook-handed slasher who appeared when his name is chanted five times in the mirror.
In the sequel, McCoy and his girlfriend (Teyonah Parris) return to his old neighborhood — Chicago’s Cabrini Green housing projects-turned-gentrified luxury condos — stirring up the spirit of the slasher while channeling the myth of the Candyman through his art. Bloodshed and beestings ensue.
“I think I made a mistake,” McCoy says in the trailer. “I brought him back.”
The Candyman sequel — although the film is the fourth in the horror franchise, it’s a direct follow-up to the 1992 original — was directed by Nia DaCosta and produced by Jordan Peele, with the two also working together on the screenplay.
The preview for the film comes just over a year after the movie was originally supposed to be released, on June 12th, 2020.