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Thesp to play Santa in Frank, Hayes script

ABC has greenlit production on “Santa Who?,” a “Wonderful World of Disney” holiday pic starring Leslie Nielsen as Santa Claus.

Production is set to begin next month on the project, based on a script by Debra Frank and Steven L. Hayes. William Dear (“Wild America,” “Angels in the Outfield”) is set to direct.

Nielsen will play a Santa stricken by amnesia after falling out of his sleigh two days before Christmas. Tommy Davidson (“In Living Color”) is set to play Santa’s head elf, who’s charged with finding the missing man in the red suit.

Steven Eckholdt (“It’s Like, You Know…”) and Robin Lively (“Savannah”) have also been cast in the pic.

Nielsen is best known for his starring roles in the “Airplane” and “Naked Gun” comic franchises. Other credits include “Mr. Magoo,” “Spy Hard” and “Wrongfully Accused.”

Chad Hoffman and Robert Schwartz are exec producers of “Santa Who?” BEI Santa Prods. and Hearst Entertainment Prods. are producing.

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