Nia DaCosta and Jordan Peele find the new writing on the wall and whisper in the classroom as the Candyman remake casts Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.

Nia DaCosta and Jordan Peele’s remake, or “re-imagining” of the iconic Candyman is something that has been on our radar for a while. We haven’t gotten much news about it, however. Other than that it is reportedly a “spiritual” sequel to the 1992 original and would be returning to the slasher’s stomping grounds of Cabrini-Green.

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II arrives for the premiere of “The Get Down” at the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts in Bronx, New York, on August 11, 2016. / AFP / ANGELA WEISS / Getty Images /


Thankfully Variety and Birth. Movies. Death. provided us some sweets for the sweet by breaking the news that one Yahya Abdul-Mateen II will be the next baritone voiced hunk to wield the hook.

I personally am thrilled to death about this news. For one, I think DaCosta is going to absolutely kill it with this new Candyman. Under the stewardship of Peele, we can surely expect a deep undercurrent of social and racial politics to sweeten this slasher’s pot. Beyond that, Mateen has been a real force of nature here lately, stealing the show in both Aquaman AND The Get-Down (RIP). Not to mention we still have an appearance from him in HBO’s Watchmen adaptation to look forward to.

But what do you guys think? Are you into this casting? Do you think people are mad it isn’t LaKeith Standfield? Also, who should be the new Helen? My vote is for Christina Hendricks. Let us know in the comments below!