Jordan Peele's Candyman Adds Aquaman's Black Manta Actor in Lead Role

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Jordan Peele and Nia DaCosta's upcoming Candyman film has finally found its titular character. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, last seen as Black Manta in Warner Bros.' Aquaman, will assume the lead role in what's said to be a "spiritual sequel" to the original. Former Candyman star Tony Todd is unsure if he'll be featured in the film.

The new Candyman much like last year's Halloween -- will return to the setting of the original film. In the now gentrified section of Chicago, once home to the Cabrini-Green projects, the Candyman will resurface.

Peele has a busy schedule when it comes to horror films; next month will see the release of, Us starring Lupita Nyong'o and Winston Duke, and his Twilight Zone reboot will release on CBS in April. His most recent projects are the YouTube Original comedy Weird City and the upcoming HBO horror drama series Lovecraft Country, based on the book.

Similarly, Abdul-Mateen is managing to stay busy. He'll be a series regular in HBO's upcoming Watchmen series, in addition to also starring in Us, plus Netflix's All Day and a Night.

Candyman will release on June 12, 2020.

(via Variety)

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