Yahya Abdul-Mateen II has been cast in MGM’s retelling of 90’s horror classic Candyman.
The American actor is set to play the role made famous by Tony Todd in the original film.
Todd played a vengeful spirit with a hook for a hand who could be summoned by saying his name in a mirror. MGM is looking at this as a spiritual sequel according to Variety.
Produced by Jordan Peele (Get Out), the film will be directed by Littlewoods filmmaker Nia DaCosta. The film 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 film saw Helen Lyle (played by Virginia Madsen) as a Chicago graduate student who is researching urban legends and comes across a local story about the Candyman. Legend has it that he can be summoned by saying his name five times, whereupon he would kill the summoner with a hook.
Abdul-Manteen, was last seen on the big sceen as Aquaman villain Black Manta. He will also be appearing in Jordan Peele’s next film Us. I feel this is just the beginning for the 31-year-old actor, who’s star has been rising in recent years.
Candyman is set to hit screens June 12, 2020.