“Bad Santa 2” will arrive just in time to put a little vinegar in America’s Christmas eggnog.
The sequel to the 2003 cult comedy will hit theaters on Nov. 23. That will put the film in the midst of the crowded Thanksgiving period, one of the busiest times of year for moviegoing. “Bad Santa 2” will head off against the second weekend of the “Harry Potter” spin-off “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” as well as the debuts of an untitled thriller with Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard, animated film “Moana,” and action film “The Great Wall.”
Broad Green Pictures is handling U.S. theatrical distribution for “Bad Santa 2” and will co-produce and co-finance the film with Miramax.
The picture brings back Billy Bob Thornton as the washed-up department store Santa/safe cracker, as well as Tony Cox and Brett Kelly, who reprise their roles as Thornton’s partner Marcus and the young man he mentors, respectively. Kathy Bates joins the cast as Thornton’s mother.
Mark Waters (“Mean Girls”) directs the film from a screenplay by Johnny Rosenthal, Doug Ellin and Shauna Cross