With the Jordan Peele-produced new Candyman continuing to amass its core cast, the picture now has two new additions.
Via Deadline, Fear the Walking Dead’s Colman Domingo (pictured) and Misfits’ Nathan Stewart-Jarrett have signed on to join the picture – currently just titled Candyman. There’s no word right now on the roles that this pair will be playing.
Domingo and Stewart-Jarrett join a film the currently features Get Out’s Lakeith Stanfield as an art dealer obsessed with the legend of the Candyman, while If Beale Street Could Talk’s Teyonah Paris will play his girlfriend. Aquaman’s Yahya Abdu-Mateen II also has a role in the movie, which could well be that of the famed Candyman.
Candyman is currently being billed as a spiritual sequel to the original Candyman film rather than a remake or reboot.
Candyman itself actually began life as a short story in Clive Barker’s Books of Blood. Originally titled The Forbidden, the story was famously adapted as a 1992 Tony Todd and Virginia Madsen-starring movie from Bernard Rose. Plot-wise, the movie version took place in the semi-demolished Cabrini-Green housing development in Chicago. Todd’s Candyman was an artist and the son of a slave, murdered by bees by his lover’s father after first having his hand lopped off.
From there, the urban legend of the Candyman is that if you say his name five times while looking in the mirror, he’ll appear behind you – and likely slice you up good ‘n’ proper. Sequels followed with 1995’s Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh and 1999’s Candyman: Day of the Dead, and despite mild rumblings over the decades, the franchise has remained dead since that ’99 effort.
For this new Candyman, the film will return to the area that once housed the Cabrini-Green housing projects. This time out, we find a new group of poor souls wishing to explore the legend of the infamous Candyman. Which we all know, will likely not end well for the majority of those involved.
To be directed by Little Woods’ Nia DaCosta from a screenplay penned by Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld, Candyman is booked in for a June 12th, 2020 release.
Filming on the movie began earlier this week in Chicago.