‘Candyman’ Updates: ‘Beale Street’ Actress Teyonah Parris in Talks, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II May Not Be Playing Candyman After All

/Film | 3/4/2019 | Chris Evangelista
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Like angry bees swarming around a man covered in honey, the Candyman reboot cast is quickly coming together. Teyonah Parris, who played one of Regina King’s daughters in If Beale Street Could Talk, is the latest addition. She joins Aquaman‘s Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who was previously reported as playing the new Candyman…but that may not be correct after all. Jordan Peele is producing the new movie, while Nia DaCosta directs.

THR broke the news about Teyonah Parris joining the Candyman reboot cast, and in the midst of their report is an interesting new development. Last month, Variety reported that Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who memorably played Black Manta in Aquaman, had been cast as the new Candyman – a story we, and most other film publications, quickly picked up.

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But according to THR, Abdul-Mateen II is actually in talks to play “an artist who becomes obsessed with the bloody legend” of Candyman. This was a character that Sorry to Bother You star Lakeith Stanfield was previously in talks to play. But the THR story doesn’t mention Stanfield at all, which suggests his talks fell through, and Abdul-Mateen II is now being eyed for the part.

If true, that means that the new Candyman hasn’t actually cast its Candyman yet, despite Variety’s report. Or there’s perhaps some huge twist in the film where the main character somehow becomes Candyman – but that’s just a wild guess on my part. I’ve reached out to MGM for clarification, and will update accordingly. But this asks another question:...
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