The newest film in the candy man franchise has had some great reviews as of its release, mostly due to its outstanding cast, some of which have returned from previous candy man films. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is a convincingly obsessive Anthony McCoy, trying to understand and summon the Candyman, while Colman Domingo brings a gravitas to the role of William Burke, telling Anthony the Candyman’s backstory with fear and urgency.
The talented cast has been part of many franchises before, ranging from Star Trek to the DC Cinematic Universe, and has been nominated for countless awards for various roles.
10 Yahya Abdul-Mateen II – Aquaman
David Kane, also known as Black Manta, appears in the 2018 film Aquaman. David Kane and his father are pirates hired by Ocean Master to invade a Russian submarine. Aquaman arrives to stop them, killing David’s father in the process, causing David to take up the mantle of Black Manta and swear revenge on Aquaman. He uses a super-suit made of Atlantean technology to track and assassinate Aquaman.
Although Black Manta doesn’t appear for very long in the film, he was a stand-out character with a clear motivation, great acting from Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and a very cool suit. Black Manta will reappear in the upcoming film, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.
9 Nathan Stewart-Jarett – Misfits
Originally aiming to become an Olympic athlete, Curtis Donovan from Misfits was arrested for drug possession and had to let go of his dream. However, like the other main characters of the show, he gained a superpower after a strange weather phenomenon known as “The Storm.”
Curtis goes through a lot in the show, swapping his initial power of time-reversal for the power to swap his gender, and then swapping again for the power of resurrection. He is extremely selfless and mature, trying to use his powers to help people, and many fans were distraught during his final episode when he said farewell to his friends and the show.
8 Colman Domingo – Fear The Walking Dead
One of the most intelligent and well-spoken characters on the show, Victor Strand from Fear The Walking Dead has some amazing yet also cynical moments and great quotes. He adapts to the new zombified world almost too quickly, calmly dispatching walkers and possessing a talent and drive for survival.
Colman Domingo plays the character brilliantly, bringing to the show his extensive theatre experience, which includes Shakespeare plays such as Twelfth Night. His gravitas is prominent in the iconic “I’m Victor Strand” speech from season 6 when Victor recounts the terrible deeds he has done but celebrates the fact that he is alive.
7 Vanessa Williams – The Flash
Francine West is the mother of Iris and Wally West, and is a talented writer, as Joe West states that Iris gets her journalism talent from her mother. Francine has a complicated relationship with her children and goes through many hardships on the show, the seriousness of which is portrayed excellently by Vanessa Estelle Williams.
Williams has had a long and distinguished career, including starring in the original 1992 candy man. She also appears in Days of Our Lives (2016 – present) as Dr. Valerie Grant, a cardiologist that pursues many romantic endeavors. Williams has won multiple awards for her work and has at least eight upcoming projects, including Remember Me: The Mahalia Jackson Story.
6 Yahya Abdul-Mateen II – The Trial Of The Chicago 7
Aaron Sorkin’s legal drama The Trial of the Chicago 7 also stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Bobby Seale, an anti-Vietnam protestor and national chairman of the Black Panthers who, along with his co-protestors, was charged with conspiracy and inciting a riot while protesting at the 1968 Democratic National Convention.
Seale faces massive opposition from the government during the film, at one point being gagged and beaten during the trial for simply speaking up for his constitutional rights. As the film is based on real events, many critics pointed out the historical inaccuracies of the script, but Yahya Abdul-Mateen II’s dramatic and emotional performance stands out as a highlight of the film.
5 Teyonah Parris – WandaVision
Monica Rambeau, first seen as a child in Captain Marvel, gets more characterization and development in WandaVision. After spending time in Wanda Maximoff’s energy prison, and being blasted by Wanda’s powers directly, Monica morphs into the superhero known as Spectrum in the comics, utilizing many powers, such as stopping bullets and absorbing energy.
Parris portrays Monica as an expressive and intelligent woman, able to adapt to the circumstances around her, despite the craziness of the situation. Parris also portrayed the main character of the feature film Dear White People (2014), which was adapted into a popular TV show in 2017.
4 Virginia Madsen – Dune
Princess Irulan is part of the House Corrino and is played by Virginia Madsen in the 1984 adaptation of Dune, based on the 1965 novel by Frank Herbert. In the novel, Irulan’s purpose is to narrate the story and offer commentary on the social aspects, including some of her writings at the beginning of each chapter.
Dune is set in a sprawling universe with many different factions, such as the Atreides. Timothy Chalamet will portray Paul Atreides in the 2021 adaptation of the novel. Princess Irulan may not appear in the 2021 film, as the director Denis Villeneuve wanted to only adapt the first half of the novel rather than the whole thing, which would make for a very long film.
3 Tony Todd – Final Destination Franchise
William Bludworth appears in three of the Final Destination films as a stand-in for Death or the Grim Reaper. The horror franchise centers around various groups of people who are killed one by one in bizarre and creative circumstances. Tony Todd gives the menacing character of William a deep, wry tone, relishing the villainous role with its air of mystery.
Tony Todd has had a long and massively accomplished career, playing the Candyman in all four films of the franchise. He has also appeared in many other horror films such as Hatchet (2006), superhero movies such as The Crow (1994), and the sci-fi franchise Star Trek, playing Worf’s brother, Kurn.
2 Colman Domingo – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
The Oscar-winning Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is a fantastic musical biopic following Ma Rainey, an influential and confident blues singer performing in the 1920s. Colman Domingo plays Cutler, a member of Ma Rainey’s jazz band. Domingo was nominated for several awards for this role, including Outstanding Supporting Actor by the Black Reel Awards.
Domingo’s interactions with the rest of the cast enhance the scenes, since the entire cast of this film is incredible, including the lead, Viola Davis. However, it is the emotional and astonishing performance of Chadwick Boseman that creates such an impactful film.
1 Yahya Abdul-Mateen II – Watchmen
The Watchmen comic series was adapted into a TV show in 2019, examining vigilantes and racist violence in an alternate history of modern-day Oklahoma. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II plays Calvin Abar, a form of Doctor Manhattan, one of the most powerful superheroes due to his unlimited powers.
The complex characters of the show are brilliantly acted, with a star-studded cast including Regina King and Jeremy Irons. However, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II’s Calvin is a stand-out character, soft-spoken, mysterious, and unbelievably powerful.
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