Oscar-winning filmmaker Jordan Peele, who is set to produce the reboot of the horror classic Candyman, has reportedly approached Atlanta's native Lakeith Stanfield to star as the main protagonist. Nia DaCosta (Little Woods) is set to direct.
The original film was released in 1992 and is based on Clive Barker's short story titled The Forbidden.
In the remake, Stanfield will reportedly play an artist named Anthony who is looking up the legend of the Candyman. According to Collider, the character will be similar to protagonist Heather Lyle from the original version.
No information on who will star as the main character has been released. Tony Todd, who previously played the role, told Syfy Wire:
I have mixed feelings because I thought they were gonna make this 15 years ago. If this had been 10 years ago when I had heard the news, I would have been devastated, I would have fought for it. Now I’m in a different place. I’ve got so many other options that even if they make it without me, which I doubt, the attention the new movie will create will lead folks back to the original [film] because people like to see the source material.
Best known for playing Darius in FX’s hit series Atlanta, as well as his role in Peele’s Get Out and Boots Riley's Sorry To Bother You, Stanfield has become one of the most sought after talents in Hollywood.
Candyman's reboot will hit theaters on June 12, 2020.