Jordan Peele's 'Candyman' Taps 'Aquaman' Star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II for Title Role
The Candyman is coming for you -- and he has a familiar face.
Variety broke the news that Jordan Peele's upcoming "spiritual sequel" to cult horror classic "Candyman" has found its titular terrifying villain: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. Fans of the DCEU already know the actor from his turn as the menacing Black Manta in last year's "Aquaman" standalone, and Abdul-Mateen also has a role in Peele's next flick, "Us," as well as HBO's new "Watchmen" series.
Actor Tony Todd originated the Candyman role in the first film in 1992 (and again in its 1995 sequel), which followed a graduate student researching a thesis about the Candyman urban legend following a grisly murder at Chicago's Cabrini-Green housing projects. She winds up summoning the menacing man, and all hell breaks loose. (Hint: Don't say his name five times while looking in a mirror, unless you want to die via Candyman's hook hand.)
In this new version, the Cabrini-Green projects have been demolished and the neighborhood is in the midst of gentrification. Previous reports indicated that another Peele collaborator, Lakeith Stanfield ("Get Out"), was also in talks for a prominent role in the film, though nothing has been confirmed by producers yet.
Nia DaCosta ("Little Woods") is directing, from a script co-written by Peele and Win Rosenfeld (Peele's upcoming "Twilight Zone" reboot). Production is expected to start sometime this spring.
The new "Candyman" will be summoned into theaters on June 12, 2020.