“Who can take tomorrow and dip it in a dream? Separate the sorrow and make us all scream?” The Candyman, of course, and it would appear that Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions has found the new face to do just that for his forthcoming reboot.
According to Variety, Aquaman star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who portrayed Black Manta in the underwater blockbuster, has been cast in the lead role. He’ll fill in the iconic shoes and the whole creepy bee suit thing that previously belonged to Tony Todd.
Update: Shortly following the announcement, Todd offered his blessing to Abdul-Mateen II:
As previously reported, writer and director Nia DaCosta will helm the picture which will return to the original neighborhood of the 1992 classic, specifically the now-gentrified section of Chicago where the Cabrini-Green housing projects once stood.
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Candyman returns on June 12th, 2020. Production is expected to begin this Spring.