It was reported a couple of weeks ago, that upcoming master of horror in the making, Jordan Peele was in talks to produce the proposed Candyman reboot through his production company, Monkeypaw Productions. It’s been 19 years since the property was last visited, with Candyman: Day of the Dead finding its way straight to video. However it was only a matter of time until talks of reviving the monster with a hook for a hand were to come about.
The horror film franchise was born from Clive Barker’s short story The Forbidden, which follows a university student’s journey as she looks into the urban legend of the Candyman, the son of a slave who had his hand cut off, and was killed by bees after being slathered in honey. The film expands on the story exploring themes of race, and urbanization.
As of today there is no confirmation on who currently holds the rights, on casting, or if a script has even been started. However, say his name five times in the mirror and let’s see who could potentially pop up as The Candyman….
Candyman not only exudes a sinister voice, and presence, but also a seductive energy that keeps enticing Helen to continue to dive deeper into the mythology. Mahershala Ali (Luke Cage, House of Cards, Moonlight) can bring all of those qualities into the role. He’s played the villain in multiple films, but also has that charm that makes you root for him. This would be my top pick if Mr. Tony Todd were to be replaced.
Chiwetel Ejiofor (Dr. Strange, 12 Years of Slave, The Lion King) doesn’t get nearly the respect he deserves here in the states. He was largely robbed during the 2013 Oscars season where he played Solomon Northup in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave, and I’m still not sure if they’re going to follow up with his storyline in Dr. Strange 2. Chiwetel is another man that I can just listen to as he reads something as mundane as a phonebook. He’s voicing Scar in the upcoming Lion King film for crying out loud. He also transitions beautifully between being the protagonist, the villain, and the anti-hero.
STERLING K. BROWN
Sterling K. Brown (The People vs. OJ, This is Us, Black Panther), one of the most in demand actors in Hollywood is really making his name as one of the best character actors of our time. He has recently dabbled in the horror/sci-fi genre with this summer’s The Predator, but he could really make a name for himself if he took on the mantle of Candyman. Although he may look too “everyman” for the role in his everyday life, he has shown us time and time again that he is a chameleon.
This article is becoming beautiful black man city, and if you know me, then you are not surprised to see my preferred tall drink of iced coffee sitting here in this list. I bet every lady out there would be uttering “Candyman” in front of their mirror five times just to have Idris Elba (Thor Franchise, The Wire, Luther) appear in their bedroom. Sadly, Idris didn’t make the cut to play the adult version of Mike Hanlon in It 2, but it would be interesting to see him head up a horror film. Granted, he would most likely bite it at some point, ladies and gentlemen meet the poc counterpart to Sean Bean (see reference here).
Although horror doesn’t tend to rely on Hollywood A-list names to headline their titles, Idris is the most recognizable out of the previous picks thus far. Bringing the British actor onboard would up the credibility of the reboot. Yes, I know he doesn’t have proven box office power, but I have faith that this will be a quality picture with Peele at the helm.
Put some respeckt in his name!
Yes, put away your torches, and pitchforks, because OF COURSE my number one choice for the Candyman reboot is none other than Tony Todd! His name is synonymous with the horror genre. He is still alive and kicking, and would be more than capable of picking up where he left off almost 20 years ago. In fact, nearly all horror aficionados are calling for Tony Todd’s recasting in the role.
Soon you’ll be able to catch him in theaters in the horror pic, Hellfest.