She’s not in it, but she is linked to it.
Original Candyman star Kasi Lemmons might not be set to appear in the reboot of the horror franchise, but interestingly, she is connected to the reboot in a somewhat unexpected way.
While promoting her new directorial project, Harriet, Lemmons told Yahoo Movies UK that the horror reboot is to be helmed by one of her former students.
Nia DaCosta will be directing the new film, which is produced and co-written by Get Out director and Oscar-winner Jordan Peele – and Lemmons, who played Bernadette in the 1992 film, revealed that she has worked with DaCosta before.
She told Yahoo Movies, “I teach at NYU grad film and I’ve worked with Sundance for years.”
“So this director, Nia DaCosta, has come through Sundance and I actually mentored her – not on Candyman, but on her first film [2018’s Little Woods].”
And Lemmons is nothing but happy for the director, “First of all, I’m thrilled that this young woman is getting to direct this. It’s really exciting. I think it’s great.”
She also added that she is not involved in the new film – which isn’t all that surprising, given that her character met a violent end in the 1992 original.
“My character is very dead,” she said. “Spoiler alert if you haven’t seen the first Candyman. I was eviscerated. She’s gone.”
The reboot of Candyman is set to arrive in Summer 2020, with Tony Todd apparently returning to the title role of the hook-handed killer who emerges when his name is spoken five times into a mirror.