Variety reports that Jordan Peele’s upcoming “Candyman” remake may have found the actor to play the titular part.
“Though no deal is done, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is in talks to star in MGM’s new retelling of the classic horror tale with Jordan Peele producing.
“Little Woods” writer-director Nia DaCosta is on board to helm. MGM and Win Rosenfeld are producing with Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions.
The studio is touting the upcoming film as a “spiritual sequel” to the original. It will return to the neighborhood where the legend began: the now-gentrified section of Chicago where the Cabrini-Green housing projects once stood. The original “Candyman” was released in 1992 and follows a graduate student who explores the legend of Candyman while writing a thesis on urban legends.
“Candyman” is expected to hit theaters on June 12, 2020. Production is expected to begin next spring.”
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II recently played Black Manta in the DC Entertainment film Aquaman.
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