With Jordan Peele on production duties and rumors of Sorry to Bother You star Lakeith Stanfield being eyed for a major role, there’s reason to believe that the upcoming “spiritual sequel” to 1992’s Candyman may have a lot more to offer than your average horror reboot.
Nonetheless, one of the biggest question among fans right now is whether or not Tony Todd will have any involvement, be it in the title role or just a cameo. But while Todd himself seems game to return, he’s also said that he understands if Peele doesn’t ask him to come back.
“I know he’s a fan,” Todd shared with Entertainment Weekly. “We’re waiting just like the rest of the world. I’m hoping I will appear in the film in some form of fashion. Wouldn’t that make sense? But it’s Hollywood, so I won’t take it personally if for some reason it doesn’t work out.”
Todd went on to observe that even if he doesn’t have a part to play in the next Candyman, the film will still draw attention back to the original, telling EW:
“If this new one is successful, it will shed light back on the original. I think the subject matter is more important than any individuals. And I mean that.”
Todd has previously described it as “a fantastic occurrence” that not only are there plans to bring back the Candyman series after all these years, but that a filmmaker as renowned as Peele is interested in the project.
As it stands, not a whole lot is known about the content of the Peele’s Candyman, but it’s been reported that the Nia DaCosta-helmed flick will take us back to the “now-gentrified section of Chicago where the Cabrini-Green housing projects once stood.” It remains to be seen though whether the reboot will be keeping in continuity with the original series, which consists of the acclaimed 1992 original and two lesser sequels.
Regardless, there’ll be time to learn more about Peele and DaCosta’s vision for the project before the new Candyman hits theaters on June 12th, 2020, but in the meantime, Peele’s own Us will be headed for cinemas on March 8th, 2019.