‘Sorry To Bother You’ star, Lakeith Stanfield has entered talks to join the cast of Jordan Peele’s ‘sequel’ to 1992’s ‘Candyman’.

Stanfield is up for the role of the protagonist Anthony, a young man in Chicago who is researching the urban legend known simply as Candyman. It’s not long before people around him start dying.

Nia DaCosta will be directing the project from a script by Peele and Win Rosenfield. It currently has a release date of June 12th 2020.

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The 1992 film was written and directed by Bernard Rose. It was produced by Steve Golin, Alan Poul, and Sigurjón Sighvatsson, and based on the short story The Forbidden by Clive Barker, who also served as executive producer. The film’s scenario was switched from Liverpool, England to the Cabrini–Green public housing development on Chicago’s Near North Side.

The story follows a sceptical graduate student Helen Lyle (Virginia Madsen) as she befriends Anne-Marie McCoy (Vanessa Williams) while researching superstitions in a housing project on Chicago’s Near North Side. From Anne-Marie, Helen learns about the Candyman (Tony Todd), a knife-wielding figure of urban legend that some of the neighbours believe to be responsible for a recent murder. After a mysterious man matching the Candyman’s description begins stalking her, Helen comes to fear that the legend may be all too real. 

Stanfield previously worked with Peele on ‘Get Out’, as well as ‘Sorry To Bother You’ he was also last seen in ‘The Girl in the Spider’s Web. His upcoming projects include Rian Johnson’s ‘Knives Out’, ‘Uncut Gems’ with Adam Sandler and Romantic Comedy ‘Someone Great’.