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‘Aquaman’ Star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II Could Potentially Be Our New ‘Candyman’

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'Aquaman' Star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II Could Potentially Be Our New 'Candyman'

Nia DaCosta is set to direct the next Candyman movie for MGM, which will be produced by Jordan Peele (Us). Apparently it’s going to be a “spiritual sequel” to Bernard Rose’s original 1993 horror classic.

Variety is reporting today that Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who starred in James Wan’s 2018 Science Fiction flick Aquaman, is in talks for the role of Candyman.

The new Candyman returns to the neighborhood where the legend began: the now-gentrified section of Chicago where the Cabrini-Green housing projects once stood.

Jonathan Glickman, president of MGM Motion Picture Group, had the following to say about the upcoming project:

We cannot wait for the world to see what the mind-blowing combination of Jordan, Win, and Nia bring to the legend of Candyman. They have created a story that will not only pay reverence to Clive Barker’s haunting and brilliant source material, but is also thoroughly modern and will bring in a whole new generation of fans.

Peele also shared his thoughts on the reimagining:

The original was a landmark film for black representation in the horror genre. Alongside ‘Night of the Living Dead,’ ‘Candyman’ was a major inspiration for me as a filmmaker — and to have a bold new talent like Nia at the helm of this project is truly exciting. We are honored to bring the next chapter in the ‘Candyman’ canon to life and eager to provide new audiences with an entry point to Clive Barker’s legend.

What do you think about this casting news? Let us know your thoughts in our comments section below. Dark Universe will post more details as soon as we hear more.

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