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Our New Candyman Is Probably Aquaman's Yahya Abdul-Mateen II

Adbul-Mateen in Aquaman.
Adbul-Mateen in Aquaman.
Image: Warner Bros.

Jordan Peele’s reboot of the Candyman franchise may have its villain.

Variety reports that Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who can still be seen as Black Manta in DC’s Aquaman, is in talks to play the titular killer, the son of a slave who became a successful artist but was violently dismembered and lynched when he fell in love with a white woman. Nia DaCosta is set to direct what’s being described as “spiritual remake” of the 1992 film by Bernard Rose. Peele is producing.

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If Abdul-Mateen signs, it’s a really excellent piece of the puzzle. As many of us saw in Aquaman, he has the natural ability to play a character that’s both sympathetic as well as sinister, and that’s crucial to Candyman. Yes, he’s a killer with a hook hand summoned by saying his name five times in front of a mirror. But he’s only that because of the horrible way his life ended due to racism.

The remake is currently scheduled for release June 12, 2020.


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That name once again is.......................................................................... The Candyman.”