We learned earlier this month that Michael Hargrove will play Sherman Fields in director Nia DaCosta’s upcoming Candyman reboot/”spiritual sequel.” Fields is a different version of the title character, and the film’s marketing has put a lot of emphasis on his tragic storey. Fear the Walking Dead‘s Colman Domingo appears in the clip above as a character who tells the Sherman Fields storey to the protagonist, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. And the storey starts with Domingo mentioning Helen Lyle, the original Candyman’s heroine played by Virginia Madsen.
On August 27th, DaCosta’s Candyman will be released in theatres. The film, which was written by DaCosta and produced by Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld, has the following synopsis:
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 and his girlfriend, gallery director Brianna Cartwright, 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 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.
Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, and Vanessa Williams, who played Anne-Marie McCoy in the original Candyman film, round out the cast. The Anthony McCoy mentioned in the synopsis is Anne-son, Marie’s the child from the first film. There’s also a Tony Todd in there somewhere.
Ian Cooper produced Candyman with Peele and Rosenfeld.