‘Fear the Walking Dead’s Colman Domingo and ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’s Nathan Stewart-Jarrett have joined the cast of the ‘Candyman’ reboot, which will be directed by Nia DaCosta, with a script by Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld, who are both also serving as producers. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is portraying the titular supernatural killer, and Teyonah Parris has also been announced as starring. The film has officially begun filming with a release date set for June 12. No information was given regarding Colman and Stewart-Jarrett’s roles.
The new movie is a “spiritual sequel” to the 1992 original, in which a former slave haunted the Cabrini-Green housing projects in Chicago. The film will be set in the same area, which has since been gentrified and is referred to as the North Side. Tony Todd, who played the hook-slinger in the original movie, is returning, but his involvement is being kept under wraps.
Ian Cooper, the Creative Director of Monkeypaw Productions– Peele’s production company– previously discussed the new version, stating:
“What we’re doing with Candyman and how Jordan is crafting it on the page is going to be very exciting and rewarding to audiences that haven’t seen the original film as well as people who’ve seen the original film. In a broad sense of the word, this film will stand alone if you’ve never heard of a film called Candyman and will dovetail in a pretty complicated and interesting way to the original. In short, I think this will really fit in with what we’re doing with Us and did with Get Out in a way that will be circuitous.”
In addition to starring as Victor Strand in ‘Fear the Walking Dead’, Domingo appeared in HBO’s recent controversial hit ‘Euphoria’ and in the acclaimed film ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’. His past film credits include ‘Assassin Nation’, ‘The Birth of a Nation’, ‘Selma’, ‘The Butler’, and “Lincoln’.
Stewart-Jarrett has mainly appeared in British productions, including the recent miniseries ‘Adulting’. He can be seen in Hulu’s ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’. A stage veteran, he co-starred in the recent Broadway revival of ‘Angels in America’, which was filmed and shown in movie theaters.
The reboot/sequel of ‘Candyman’ will be released on June 12, 2020.