We're not sure we ever quite envisioned a world where Kurt Russell would play Santa Claus, but here we all are.
The veteran actor is taking on the role for an upcoming Netflix festive flick called 'The Christmas Chronicles'. It hails from producer Chris Columbus ('Home Alone', 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone', 'Mrs Doubtfire') and director Clay Kaytis ('The Angry Birds Movie). It tells the story of sister and brother, 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.
Director Clay Kaytis said: "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."
While producer Chris Columbus said: "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.”
'The Christmas Chronicles' will launch globally on Netflix on November 22.