Jordan Peele Possibly Casts Lead For “Candyman” Remake

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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