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Yahya Abdul-Mateen II On ‘Candyman’ and His Next Big Role!

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II

Candyman, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II’s most recent film, debuted at the top of the box office, grossing over $22 million in its first weekend. But that’s only the beginning of the budding star’s forthcoming blockbuster schedule.

Now that the “spiritual sequel” to Nia DaCosta’s 1992 horror hit is available for everybody to enjoy, Abdul-Mateen can turn his attention to his forthcoming projects.

His forthcoming projects include a key but an untitled role in The Matrix: Resurrections and a return to his role as Black Manta in the DCEU’s Aquaman 2, dubbed Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.

Abdul-Mateen Says It’s an honor to be a part of ‘Candyman.’

The actor expressed his joy at being linked with the horror film Candyman in an interview with The Guardian right before its release. He was, however, sad that the film’s release date had to be pushed back due to obvious reasons.

The film was supposed to be released in June 2020, however that date was pushed back due to the global epidemic. The actor, on the other hand, told the site that he has huge plans for 2020.

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Source; The Hollywood Reporter

Following the film’s first release in the summer, the actor planned to work on The Matrix 4 for a bit before taking the rest of the year off. He also has a worldwide tour planned. Nonetheless, he was relieved that everything went as planned. By deferring his ambitions for 2020, he was able to contribute to the safety of others around him. Moreover, despite the fact that the release date had been pushed back, the horror title’s anticipation had not subsided.

With the opening weekend box office results in, it’s easy to say the film was well worth the wait.

‘Candyman’ is a character in the film ‘Candyman.’

Candyman’s teaser debuted in the summer of 2020, and it included terrible yet beautiful shadow puppetry, which The Hollywood Reporter revealed was inspired by Kara Walker’s silhouette painting.

Bernard Rose’s 1992 film serves as a jumping-off point for the picture, which was directed by DaCosta and based on a script she co-wrote with Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld.

According to the site, the film will expand provocatively on the original film’s urban legend within the context of Black folklore and history, while simultaneously distorting the White narrative that portrays Black victims as monsters.

Abdul-Upcoming Mateen’s Film Schedule

It’s hard to believe that the actor’s breakout role in Baz Luhrmann’s series The Get Down was only five years ago. He didn’t win his first Emmy Award until 2020, for his work in HBO’s Watchmen. He was nominated for a SAG Award in April for his role as Bobby Seale in The Trial of the Chicago 7.

Apart from that, Abdul-next Mateen’s slate includes the dystopian criminal drama By All, his fifth film with Warner Bros., George Miller’s Mad Max prequel Furiosa, starring Anya Taylor-Joy, and the action thriller Emergency Contact, which he will co-produce with Dwayne Johnson. Not only that but he’ll be seen alongside Jake Gyllenhaal in Michael Bay’s Universal Studio’s film Ambulance.

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