Helen Lyle Returns To CANDYMAN

Producer Jordan Peele’s sequel to Bernard Rose’s 1992 take on Clive Barker’s CANDYMAN starring Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (WATCHMEN) and Teyonah Parris (IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK) will be unleashed into a theater near you this June.

And today Arrow In The Head/joblo.com learned from their buddies over at Bloody Disgusting that Helen Lyle (played by Virginia Madsen in the original film) will be one of the main characters with HAPPY HOUR actress Cassie Kramer (see above) taking over the role. It’s unknown if Virginia Madsen makes any appearance.

The sequel will return to the neighborhood where the legend began: The now-gentrified section of Chicago where the Cabrini-Green housing projects once stood. Based on Barker’s story The Forbidden, the original CANDYMAN was directed by Bernard Rose. The synopsis:

A children’s ghost story comes to terrifying life in this gut-wrenching thriller about a graduate student whose research into modern folklore summons the spirit of the dead. Helen Lyle (Virginia Madsen) laughs when she interviews college freshmen about their superstitions. But when she hears about Candyman, a slave spirit with a hook hand who is said to haunt Chicago’s notorious Cabrini-Green housing project, she thinks she has a new twist for this thesis. Braving the gang-ridden territory to visit the site of a brutal murder, Helen arrogantly assumes Candyman can’t really exist… until he appears, igniting a string of terrifying, tragic slayings. But the police don’t believe in monsters, and they charge Helen with the grisly crimes. Only one person can set her free: CANDYMAN.

LITTLE WOODS writer-director Nia DaCosta will be taking the helm of this Jordan Peele-produced reboot which Universal Pictures will unleash into a theater near you on June 12, 2020. How excited are YOU about this “spiritual sequel?” Let us know below!

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