Netflix released the first official trailer for The Christmas Chronicles this morning and to our surprise, legendary action star Kurt Russell has been cast as non-other than Santa Claus.
Produced by Chris Columbus (Home Alone) and directed by Clay Kaytis (The Angry Birds Movie), the upcoming Christmas movie hits Netflix on November 22, 2018.
Here is a quick synopsis of the film:
“…Kate (Darby Camp) and Teddy Pierce (Judah Lewis), whose Christmas Eve plan to catch Santa Claus (Russell) on camera turns into an unexpected journey that most kids could only dream about. After staking out Santa’s arrival, they sneak into his sleigh, cause it to crash and nearly derail Christmas. As their wild night unfolds, Kate and Teddy work together with Santa – as you’ve never seen him before – and his loyal Elves to save Christmas before it’s too late.”
Here is the official poster:
When discussing Russell’s portrayal of Saint Nicholas in the upcoming film, Chris Columbus had nothing but praise for the legendary star.
“No one is better suited than Kurt Russell to bring our version of a rugged, charismatic, and hilarious Santa Claus to life. From our first meeting, he completely threw himself into this iconic role – and grew an impressive beard in the process. It has been a dream come true to work with Kurt in creating what I believe will be the new definition of Santa Claus for generations to come.”
Director Clay Kaytis took it one step further, claiming that Russell’s performance will go down as one of the best to ever do it.
“Kurt is the definitive Santa Claus. Charismatic, tough when needed with a wicked sense of humour. We’re really excited for audiences to see his performance onscreen and hope The Christmas Chronicles becomes a timeless classic.”
Watch the trailer below.
So, what are your thoughts on Kurt Russell playing Santa Claus? Do you think he’ll pull it off or will this be another stinker for Netflix? Let us know in the comments below.
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The Most Anticipated Netflix Originals Of 2019
As television networks and other entertainment media companies continue to set up their own walled gardens — or to be more accurate, their own streaming services — Netflix has increasingly relied on its own original programming to help fill the void left by expired streaming contracts. Whether or not you’re a fan of the Netflix model or the Netflix Original brand, it’s hard to deny that the company has managed to build an impressive content library in just a few short years.
As of 2018, Netflix now boasts approximately 1,000 different original movies and TV shows, and that number is only going to continue to climb as we head into 2019 and beyond. Of course, with the sheer scale of Netflix’s release strategy these days, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to figure out which movies and TV shows are worth your time and which ones are disposable. While we won’t know for sure which camp the following movies and TV shows fall into until their release, these are the Netflix Originals you should keep an eye on in 2019.