Producer Jordan Peele’s “Candyman” reboot has found its buzz-worthy (geddit?) lead.
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, recently in “Aquaman”, has been cast in the role originated by Tony Todd in the original trilogy of films. By the sounds of things, Abdul-Mateen II will be the same incarnation of the character – just like Brandon Routh was playing Christopher Reeve’s version of Superman – in what’s being described as a “spiritual sequel” to the 1992 classic.
In the Nia DaCosta-directed film, the mirror-loving fiend returns to the now-gentrified section of Chicago where the Cabrini-Green housing projects once stood. Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld are producing via Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions.
Filming is expected to kick off in the spring for a June 12th 2020 release.
Over on Twitter, original star Tony Todd has given the project his blessing :
Cheers to #Candyman a woderful character Ive lived w for 25 years. He's brought grace and glory & a beautiful boatload of friends & famly #teamtoddster's
im honored that the spirit of #DanielRobatiell #cabrinigreen Rises again. Truth to power! Blessings 2 the cast & crew
— Tony Todd (@TonyTodd54) February 27, 2019