Jordan Peele’s ‘Candyman’ Has Found Its Leading Man

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We are headed back to the remnants of Cabrini Green and in for an all new helping of sweets to the sweet, you guys.

The Jordan Peele produced and Nia DaCosta directed Candyman that will act as a spiritual sequel, is set to start production this spring with a release date set for 2020. In the meantime, it hasn’t stopped them from selecting its leading man.

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is set to take up the role of Candyman in place of Tony Todd’s iconic portrayal in 92’s Candyman as well as its sequels.


“A children’s ghost story comes to terrifying life in this gut-wrenching thriller about a graduate student whose research into modern folklore summons the spirit of the dead. Helen Lyle (Virginia Madsen) laughs when she interviews college freshmen about their superstitions. But when she hears about Candyman, a slave spirit with a hook hand who is said to haunt Chicago’s notorious Cabrini-Green housing project, she thinks she has a new twist for this thesis. Braving the gang-ridden territory to visit the site of a brutal murder, Helen arrogantly assumes Candyman can’t really exist… until he appears, igniting a string of terrifying, tragic slayings. But the police don’t believe in monsters, and they charge Helen with the grisly crimes. Only one person can set her free: CANDYMAN.”

Abdul-Mateen has recently started in Aquaman, The Get Down and has an upcoming role in HBO’s Watchmen series.

What do you guys think? Ready for Candyman to scare the pants off a new generation? Ready to be afraid to repeat Candyman into a mirror again? Let us know in the comments!

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Trey grew up wedged in-between the aisles of a video store. After a Cronenbergian inspired sequence, He has officially become fused with both film and video games. He writes all things pop culture, and has accidentally kicked two sharks and lived. Give him a follow and Tweet him something not too judgy @TreyHilburn.