Lakeith Stanfield (“Sorry to Bother You,” “Atlanta”) is reportedly in talks to play the protagonist in Jordan Peele’s upcoming ‘spiritual sequel’ to the 1992 horror classic “Candyman” for MGM reports SuperBroMovies and Collider.
Stanfield is in talks to play Anthony, a young man in Chicago who is researching the urban legend known simply as Candyman. It’s not long before people around him start dying.
Essentially Stanfield is this version’s stand-in for Virginia Madsen’s grad student Helen in the first film adaptation of the Clive Barker work. Tony Todd played the titular hook-handed villain role in the original and there’s yet to be any casting rumors regarding the role for this outing.
Stanfield previously worked with Peele on “Get Out”. Nia DaCosta (“Little Woods”) is directing “Candyman” from a script co-written by Peele and Win Rosenfield. The film opens June 12th 2020.