Tony Todd’s Voice Asks, “I Heard You’re Looking for Candyman” In New TV Spot

With Nia DaCosta’s Candyman releasing in theaters on August 27, 2021. The debate has remerged as to Tony Todd’s role in the film with a new Candyman TV spot where Todd’s distinctive voice can clearly be heard asking “I heard you’re looking for Candyman?”

DaCosta’s film has been described as a “spiritual sequel” of the 1992 adaptation of the Clive Barker story. Details about the new film have been shrouded in mystery but the various trailers have suggested a very different story from the previous films and Tony Todd’s involvement has remained a secret. Though his voice seems to appear in many of the trailers.

Tony Todd has portrayed the title role in every previous installment of the franchise. Candyman was originally adapted from the 1985 Clive Barker short story The Forbidden. Part of Clive Barker’s Books of Blood, about a university student named Helen. Who while researching a thesis on urban graffiti, notices a series of disturbing graffiti describing an urban legend called the Candyman.

Tony Todd in Candyman (1992)

Nia DaCosta’s Candyman is cowritten and produced by Jordan Peele and stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Aquaman), Teyonah Parris (Dear White People), and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (Mope).

“For as long as residents can remember, the housing projects of Chicago’s Cabrini Green neighborhood were terrorized by a word-of-mouth ghost story about a supernatural killer with a hook for a hand, easily summoned by those daring to repeat his name five times into a mirror. In present day, a decade after the last of the Cabrini towers were torn down, visual artist Anthony McCoy (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) and his girlfriend, gallery director Brianna Cartwright (Teyonah Parris), move into a luxury loft condo in Cabrini, now gentrified beyond recognition and inhabited by upwardly mobile millennials.”

“With Anthony’s painting career on the brink of stalling, a chance encounter with a Cabrini Green old-timer (Colman Domingo) exposes Anthony to the tragically horrific nature of the true story behind Candyman. Anxious to maintain his status in the Chicago art world, Anthony begins to explore these macabre details in his studio as fresh grist for paintings, unknowingly opening a door to a complex past that unravels his own sanity and unleashes a terrifyingly viral wave of violence that puts him on a collision course with destiny.”

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