Candyman star Tony Todd has assured fans that they will be proud of what they have done with the new film.
Tony Todd stared as the titular character in the original three Candyman films. Based on Clive Barker’s short story The Forbidden, the original film focused on a college student writing a thesis on urban legends who more or less disproved the legend of Candyman roughly halfway through the film. Then Tony Todd himself appeared as the character, setting a series of events in motion that would eventually make the college student a part of his legend.
After the new film was initially announced, it was not clear how much involved Tony Todd would be in the upcoming project. The trailer did little to answer these questions as it mostly shows Yahya Abdul-Mateen II’s Anthony McCoy apparently becoming the iconic character. While speaking with JoBlo, Tony Todd seemed to be fully on board with the upcoming film and was sure that fans would be as well:
“They’re finishing up touches and I’m probably going to get a copy in a timely fashion. I’m fully aboard the team. It’s a great team. Nia DaCosta … not only a female director, but an African American director. You have Jordan Peele, who is arguably one of the hottest producers around right now. I think people are gonna be proud to see the character and the story continue. The entire film is shot in Chicago. That new look Chicago.”
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Here is the official synopsis for Candyman:
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; HBO’s Watchmen, Us) and his girlfriend, gallery director Brianna Cartwright (Teyonah Parris; If Beale Street Could Talk, The Photograph), 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; HBO’s Euphoria, Assassination Nation) 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.
Directed by Nia DaCosta from a script she co-wrote with Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld, Candyman stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Colman Domingo, and Tony Todd.
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