Santa Claus is an odd role for any actor to tackle. Typically, the character is fat and jovial and that’s about all. Even with these limitations, there’ve been some compelling portrayals, but I’m fairly certain none of them have saved the President or created an entire planet with their mind… until today!
THR reports that veteran actor (and unrelenting badass) Kurt Russell has signed-onto a new Christmas movie at Netflix, directed by family-genre expert Chris Columbus. Sadly, based on the synopsis, it’s unlikely that Santa will employ a flamethrower or drive a semi truck, as Russell is want to do. That said, let’s not expect a tame or phoned-in performance either, this is Kurt friggin’ Russell we’re talking about here.
The Netflix movie, which is currently untitled, focuses on two young siblings who want to prove that Santa exists by taking his photograph. Stalking Santa Claus? That’s not creepy at all. The kids, in their zeal to out St. Nick, cause his sleigh to crash in Chicago. Wait, this is starting to sound like a low-budget horror film.
So, what kind of Claus does Russell deliver? According to THR, he will in fact be jolly; though, one presumes more than a little bent at having to take his ride to the shop on the busiest night of his year! In case you’re somehow a little vague on Kurt Russell’s epic career, here’s 100-ish things to know:
The script (previously titled “12/24,” which sounds like a conspiracy thriller) was penned by Matt Lieberman, who wrote the stop-action animated The Addams Family for MGM. The story is based on an original idea by David Guggenheim, who created TV’s Designated Survivor. Production is set to begin in January for a holiday 2018 release (who the hell wants to dress up as Santa in January? That’s just depressing).
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