Jordan Peele has found his Candyman.
From Variety, Aquaman star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is in negotiations to take the titular role in MGM’s upcoming Candyman reboot, which Peele will produce.
Little Woods director Nia DaCosta is on board to direct.
Per the report, MGM is calling the film a “spiritual sequel” that will return the franchise to the now-gentrified neighborhood of Chicago where the Cabrini-Green housing projects once stood.
The original Candyman released in 1992 and spawned two sequels: Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh in 1995 and Candyman: Day of the Dead in 1999. Horror icon Tony Todd of course originally played the titular hook-handed villain in all three films.
Abdul-Mateen played the antagonist of the Netflix original series The Get Down. His next appearance will come in Jordan Peele’s thriller US this March and later this year the actor will star in the HBO series Watchmen.
Candyman will begin production this spring and hit theaters June 12, 2020.
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