Aquaman’s Yahya Abdul-Mateen II to Play Candyman

Aquaman's Yahya Abdul-Mateen II to Play Candyman

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who played Black Manta in Aquaman, has landed the title role in MGM’s Candyman, according to Variety. The original films featured Tony Todd in the Candyman role.

MGM has partnered with Monkeypaw Productions’ Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld to produce a re-imagining of Candyman, the 1992 horror classic adapted from Clive Barker’s short story “The Forbidden” from Books of Blood Volume 5.

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II’s credits also include Peele’s upcoming Us, the new Watchmen series, The Get DownBaywatch, and The Greatest Showman.

Nia DaCosta (Little Woods) will direct the Candyman sequel from a screenplay by Peele and Rosenfeld. The film, a “spiritual sequel” to the original, returns to the neighborhood where the legend began: the now-gentrified section of Chicago where the Cabrini-Green housing projects once stood. Production is expected to begin in Spring 2019. Universal Pictures will release Candyman theatrically in the U.S. on June 12, 2020.

MGM will produce and finance the Candyman sequel with Universal handling domestic theatrical distribution. Adam Rosenberg, MGM’s Co-President of Production and Tabitha Shick, MGM’s Vice President of Production will oversee the project on behalf of the studio and Ian Cooper will produce for Monkeypaw.