Since Jordan Peele’s Monkey Paw Productions is producing the new Candyman reboot, it makes sense that the Oscar-winner would look at actors he’s worked with in the past in order to fill some critical roles. To that end, the reporters over at Super Bro Movies got an exclusive claiming Get Out’s Lakeith Stanfield is in negotiations to star in the reboot, eyeing a 2020 release date. But will he play the titular Candyman, aka Daniel Robitaille?
According to the site, no; it sounds more like he’ll play an academic who researches urban legends, a role played by Virginia Madsen in the original Candyman, released in 1992.
“We have exclusively learned that Lakeith Stanfield is in talks to star as the main character of the film, Anthony, who is being described as a socially pronounced artist in Chicago who researches the urban legend of Candyman. After investigating the killer’s last known whereabouts, strange killings begin to occur around Anthony. The protagonist will serve a role similar to that of Helen Lyle, the main character of the original movie.”
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In Get Out, Stanfield played Andre Logan King, an African American whose brain had been replaced with one from an old, rich white man. He’s the one who utters the film’s titular command: “Get out!”
Just a reminder: All of this must be considered conjecture until we get official casting information from the studio. Once we get said confirmation, we’ll bring you the news ASAP. Stay tuned for all Candyman-related news as details emerge.
In the meantime, check out the synopsis and trailer below for 1992’s Candyman, directed by Bernard Rose and starring Tony Todd as the hook-handed Candyman.
Skeptical graduate student Helen Lyle (Virginia Madsen) befriends Anne-Marie McCoy (Vanessa Williams) while researching superstitions in a housing project on Chicago’s Near North Side. From Anne-Marie, Helen learns about the Candyman (Tony Todd), a knife-wielding figure of urban legend that some of her neighbors believe to be responsible for a recent murder. After a mysterious man matching the Candyman’s description begins stalking her, Helen comes to fear that the legend may be all too real.