Sweet Thang: Jordan Peele’s ‘Candyman’ Revealed

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Evangelist Kimberly Jones, affectionately known as Lil’ Kim, once asked the important question, “So, how many licks does it take ‘til you get to the center of the... ?” It’s a question that deserves an answer, after the reveal of the actor who is set to play the role of “Candyman” in Jordan Peele’s new revival of the same name.

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According to Variety, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (also seen in The Greatest Showman and The Get Down) will be playing the titular role of Candyman and he’s every bit the sweet dream your beautiful nightmares are made of. The disrespectfully fine actor will be bringing back the horror in the film MGM studio is touting as a “spiritual sequel.”

Twenty-eight years after the original hit theaters, the revival is set to be released on June 12, 2020. Peele and his crew will be taking us back to where it all began, on the location where Chicago’s Cabrini-Green projects once stood.

I’m not sure what to expect, but I do know that I am currently lusting after a demonic character—which seems appropriate, judging from my romantic track record.

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Chief Beyoncé Content Officer @ TheRoot. I aspire to be as steadfast & unmovable as Solange's wig. Former President of Hogwart's Black Student Union.