If you got a kick out of Billy Bob Thornton dressing up (poorly) as a mall Santa and smoking, drinking, and fighting his way through a series of midadventures, then you’re in luck. Thornton, and some others from the original cast of Bad Santa, are coming back for more vulgarity and debauchery.
Bad Santa 2 is set to be released November 23, and features Thornton returning to the role of Willie T. Soke, a professional thief who dresses up as Santa to rob malls. Tony Cox returns as Marcus, who compliments the con by dressing as an elf. Brett Kelly is also returning, a full 13-years later, as Thurman Merman — a fat kid who gets bullied for much of the first movie. Kathy Bates and Christina Hendricks have also been confirmed to appear in the film.
Here is the full movie synopsis:
Bad Santa 2 returns Academy Award®-winner Billy Bob Thornton to the screen as America’s favorite anti-hero, Willie Soke. Fueled by cheap whiskey, greed and hatred, Willie teams up once again with his angry little sidekick, Marcus (Tony Cox), to knock off a Chicago charity on Christmas Eve. Along for the ride is ‘the kid’ – chubby and cheery Thurman Merman (Brett Kelly), a 250-pound ray of sunshine who brings out Willie’s sliver of humanity.
Mommy issues arise when the pair are joined by Academy Award®, Golden Globe and Emmy-winner Kathy Bates, as Willie’s horror story of a mother, Sunny Soke. A super butch super bitch, Sunny raises the bar for the gang’s ambitions, while somehow lowering the standards of criminal behavior. Willie is further burdened by lusting after the curvaceous and prim Diane, played by Emmy Award-nominee Christina Hendricks, the charity director with a heart of gold and libido of steel.
Here’s our first look at the sequel: