Kurt Russell to Play Santa Claus in Netflix Christmas Movie


Kurt Russell is bringing Christmas cheer to Netflix.  The veteran actor is teaming with Judah Lewis, the star of Netflix’s horror-comedy film The Babysitter, along with Darby Camp of Big Little Lies, to star in an untitled Christmas movie for the streaming giant.

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Chris Columbus — who knows a thing or two about the holidays, having directed two Home Alone movies — is producing the live-action pic that will also mix CG elements. Clay Kaytis, co-director of The Angry Birds Movie, is helming the feature.


The story centers on two siblings (Lewis and Camp) who try to prove that Santa is real by catching him on camera. When they accidentally cause his sleigh to crash in Chicago, they have to help get Christmas back on track before it’s ruined. Russell is playing jolly ol’ Saint Nick.


The script, which was once titled 12/24, was written by Matt Lieberman, who also wrote the stop-motion animated version of The Addams Family, which is currently in production at MGM. The script is based on an original idea by David Guggenheim, creator of the TV show Designated Survivor, and Lieberman.


Production on the movie is due to commence in January with an eye to releasing it for the holiday season in 2018.


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