Tony Todd, the star of the 1992 horror classic Candyman and its two sequels, has yet to speak with Jordan Peele about the possibility of appearing in the filmmaker’s planned re-imagining of the property.
“I know he’s a fan,” Todd tells EW of Peele. “We’re waiting just like the rest of the world. I’m hoping I will appear in the film in some form of fashion. Wouldn’t that make sense? But it’s Hollywood, so I won’t take it personally if for some reason it doesn’t work out.”
The actor adds, “If this new one is successful, it will shed light back on the original. I think the subject matter is more important than any individuals. And I mean that.”
Todd starred in the original Candyman — about a black-artist-turned-supernatural-killer who appears when his name is uttered five times — as well as 1995’s Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh and 1999’s Candyman: Day of the Dead. Last November, it was announced that Peele (Get Out , the upcoming Us) is co-writing a fourth film in the series, which is described as a “spiritual sequel.” Nia DaCosta (Little Woods) will direct from a screenplay by Peele and Win Rosenfeld.
Todd also appears in Horror Noire, a new documentary about the black community’s relationship with the horror genre, which features contributions from Peele and actor Ken Foree, among others.
“The black community has always been a fan of horror films, but in terms of the participants, they’ve been few and far between,” says Todd. “But the ones that have participated have been significant, all the way back from Blacula and the original Night of the Living Dead with the late, great Duane Jones — I was able to do the remake of it and work with George Romero. You have Keith David in They Live, Ken Foree in Dawn of the Dead. Then there’s new people on the horizon [like] Jordan Peele. I think the beauty of the documentary is to tie all that together.”