Original Candyman star Tony Todd got his wish: he'll appear in Jordan Peele's upcoming take on the classic horror film. Back in January, Todd made it clear that he was hoping to appear in the remake. At the time, he didn't specify a particular role he was hoping for, only that he wanted to be involved in some way. Todd previously stated that, although he still had "mixed feelings" about the new film, he was happier about it now than he would have been 10 years ago, especially if he wasn't invited to be a part of the project.
In addition to Todd, the new Candyman has several other actors in talks to star in the film. These include Teyonah Parris, who starred in last year's If Beale Street Could Talk, and Aquaman’s Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who was being considered for the title role. Previously, Lakeith Stanfield was eyed to play main character Anthony, an artist researching the Candyman. Nia DaCosta, best known for Little Woods, is on board to direct.
According to Sofa King Cool Magazine (via CinemaBlend), Todd will appear in the new film, though it's not clear yet in what capacity. He spoke with the magazine at Nickel City Con a couple weeks ago and confirmed that producer Peele had reached out to him. Todd went on to say:
"Out of the blue I got a phone call from Jordan Peele. We’re still waiting for the contract, but the way he explained it to me was that it’s gonna be applause-worthy moments. That’s his words. No matter what happens with that, it’s gonna just put renewed attention on the original."
The original Candyman film stars Todd, Virginia Madsen, and Xander Berkeley. Released in 1992, it's become a classic in the horror movie genre. It follows a graduate student (Madsen) as she researches urban legends and encounters the Candyman. Eddie Murphy was the original choice to play the Candyman before Todd took over the role, and Sandra Bullock was considered to play Madsen's character, Helen. The film grossed $25.7 million domestically and spawned two sequels in addition to Peele's upcoming take.
Once primarily known for his role in Comedy Central's sketch series Key & Peele, Jordan Peele has since become a well-respected writer and director in the horror movie world. He's the man behind hits like 2017's wildly popular Get Out and this year's Us. Because of his past hits, Peele's built up a lot of goodwill with horror fans. That, plus the inclusion of such a prominent actor from the original Candyman, should help assuage any concerns that fans may have about the upcoming movie. It doesn't hurt that the studio has described the remake as a "spiritual sequel" to the first film, meaning that the heart of the original should remain intact.