Tony Todd is reportedly playing the murderous Candyman in Jordan Peele’s reboot of the horror classic.

The 64-year-old actor portrayed the hook-wielding supernatural killer in the original 1992 movie and two follow-ups and, although he had confirmed her would be appearing in some capacity in the sequel, specialist horror website is now reporting that Todd is back in his most famous role.

According to the online outlet, shooting began over a month ago in Chicago on the project and it is Todd who is portraying the Candyman and not ‘Aquaman’ star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as first thought.

The film is being directed by Nia DaCosta from a script that has been co-written by ‘Get Out’ filmmaker Peele. It is being described as a "spiritual sequel" to the original movie and it is set in the American neighbourhood where events began; a now-gentrified section of Chicago where the Cabrini-Green housing projects once stood.

The 1992 version of ‘Candyman’ – which is inspired by legendary horror author Clive Barker’s short story ‘The Forbidden’ – follows graduate student Helen Lyle (Virginia Madsen) who explores the story of the Candyman for her thesis on urban legends.

The urban legend states that the Candyman – who, in life, was African-American artist Daniel Robitaille who was lynched for falling in love and fathering a child with a white woman in 1890 – is summoned after his name is said out loud five times in a mirror.

The first film was a huge success and spawned two follow-ups: ‘Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh’ and ‘Candyman: Day of the Dead’.

Peele, 40, has admitted the original movie had a huge impact on him when he was younger because it was centred around an African-American character in Todd – who also starred in Tom Savini’s 1990 remake of George A. Romero’s zombie classic ‘Night of the Living Dead’, another favourite of Peele’s.

He said: "The original was a landmark film for black representation in the horror genre. Alongside ‘Night of the Living Dead’, ‘Candyman’ was a major inspiration for me as a filmmaker."

Universal Pictures will release ‘Candyman’ in June 2020.