Aquaman co-star gets lead role in Candyman update

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who starred as Black Manta in Aquaman, is nearly set to have the lead role in Jordan Peele’s Candyman update.

Variety reports the deal is nearly wrapped for Abdul-Mateen to star in the update of the 1992 cult classic starring Tony Todd. The update is being called a ‘spiritual sequel’ as it will also occur in gentrified Chicago at the Cabrini-Green housing projects site.

Nia DaCosta, the writer/director of Little Woods, will be directing the film, which will be written by Peele and Win Rosenfeld.


This is a big deal for Abdul-Mateen, who is quickly becoming a rising star. Aquaman set the stage for Black Manta to be a major force in the sequel and Abdul-Mateen will be in Peele’s latest thriller, Us, so his plate is quickly getting filled.

We won’t have long to wait to say Candyman, Candyman, Candyman as the film is slayed for a June 12, 2020 release.

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