News has been circulating about the Jordan Peele written and produced Candyman “spiritual sequel”, set for a 2020 release. The most recent announcement is sweets to the sweet for fans of the original films; at Nickel City Con in New York, Tony Todd revealed that he will return for Peele’s sequel.
As reported by CinemaBlend, Todd shared:
“Out of the blue I got a phone call from Jordan Peele. We’re still waiting for the contract, but the way he explained it to me was that it’s gonna be applause-worthy moments. That’s his words. No matter what happens with that, it’s gonna just put renewed attention on the original.”
Feel free to speculate on what that means. We don’t know if Todd will be playing a set role or just making a quick cameo, but his involvement in the film is quite exciting.
It had been previously reported that Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Aquaman) would take up the bee-filled, hook-handed mantle of Candyman, but director Nia DaCosta (Little Woods) recently shared with Collider that this isn’t the case.
“Well, it’s been slightly misreported. I can’t say what’s happening in the film because we want it to be a surprise, but he’s not replacing Tony Todd. That’s been reported, and I was just like, “I don’t know what to say about this. This is not right.”
Does that mean that Todd will return for an appearance as Candyman himself? Will Abdul-Mateen II play a different iteration of the iconic character (as the phrasing “slightly misreported” and “not replacing Tony Todd” might indicate)? Only time will tell.
Directed by Nia DaCosta and co-written by Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld — and set in a modern day, gentrified version of Chicago’s Cabrini-Green neighborhood — Candyman is set for release on June 12, 2020.