Buzz on the Candyman reboot is that the project has gone from pre-production to filming! First reported by Deadline, there’s been some final casting news and principal photography has officially kicked off. Filming is taking place in Chicago, IL where the original film took place.
From the report, all of the shooting is going to be in and around Chicago. The housing project of Cabrini-Green is being used, despite it being gentrified since the original used it in 1992. It’s hard to believe that is something like this is won’t play on the racial and class issues in the remake, especially with horror fan Jordan Peele at the helm, who we fully expect to respect the original film. Peele is no stranger to racial and class themes explored in the original Candyman, weaving them heavily into his own features; Get Out and Us. It does also make me wonder if the Gothic feel is something that director Nia DaCosta is going to keep for the remake, especially with how the original Cabrini-Green was able to translate it into an eerie, graffiti-laden ghost town.
The final cast list has also been confirmed, with the addition of Nathan Stewart-Jarrett and Colman Domingo. They join Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Teyonah Parris. Stewart-Jarrett is probably best known for his role on the darker superhero show Misfits. He’s been quite busy with multiple episodes on three different television shows coming out this, including one a take on Dracula, as well as two movies. Domingo, on the other hand, I’ve seen in Fear the Walking Dead where he portrays Victor Strand. He has shown quite the range on the zombie series, someone you can’t quite tell if you can trust or not. This cast is looking quite strong from the names that we’ve seen already. I’m sure we’re all hoping that Tony Todd will make at least a cameo appearance!
After seeing what Peele has done with original ideas, I’m intrigued to see how he’ll help DaCosta bring this film about forbidden love to life. Even though the original film didn’t necessarily follow what Clive Barker wrote in The Forbidden, it was definitely a classic. I’m definitely excited to see this ‘spiritual remake’.
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