It’s official: Tony Todd will return to the franchise that made him a horror icon, as he’s set to come back for the Candyman reboot.
According to Sofa King Cool Magazine (via CinemaBlend), Todd will appear in the new film, though it’s not clear yet in what capacity. He spoke with the magazine at Nickel City Con a couple weeks ago and confirmed that producer Peele had reached out to him. Todd went on to say:
“Out of the blue I got a phone call from Jordan Peele. We’re still waiting for the contract, but the way he explained it to me was that it’s gonna be applause-worthy moments. That’s his words. No matter what happens with that, it’s gonna just put renewed attention on the original.”
In addition to Todd, the new Candyman has several other actors in talks to star in the film. These include Teyonah Parris, who starred in last year’s If Beale Street Could Talk, and Aquaman’s Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who was being considered for the title role.
What we know is that the new movie will center on a man in Chicago who begins to research the titular urban legend. This leads him to a now-gentrified part of the city and, inevitably, once he starts snooping around, people begin to die.
The original Candyman film stars Todd, Virginia Madsen, and Xander Berkeley. Released in 1992, it’s become a classic in the horror movie genre. It follows a graduate student (Madsen) as she researches urban legends and encounters the Candyman. Eddie Murphy was the original choice to play the Candyman before Todd took over the role, and Sandra Bullock was considered to play Madsen’s character, Helen. The film grossed $25.7 million domestically and spawned two sequels in addition to Peele’s upcoming take.
The new Candyman is set to arrive in theaters on June 12, 2020.