Kristen Wiig, Sally Hawkins, and Maggie Smith are joining “A Boy Called Christmas” for Netflix.
As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, the actresses are officially signed on to star in Gil Kennan‘s upcoming film produced and distributed by Netflix and Studio Canal. The film is an adaptation of Matt Haig’s children’s book of the same name. It was published in 2015 by Canongate Books and became a best-seller. The story tells readers to believe in the impossible. A tale as whimsical and festive as most Christmas films you’ll find, Haig’s book follows the story of Nikolas, a reimagining of Father Christmas as a young boy in search of his father.
Wiig, Hawkins and Smith will be joining the cast which already includes Jim Broadbent, Zoe Colletti, Toby Jones, Michiel Huisman, Henry Lawfull, Rune Temte and Indica Watson.
“A Boy Called Christmas” is written for the screen by director Gil Kenan (“Monster House”) along with Ol Parker. Parker recently wrote and directed 2018’s “Mama Mia! Here We Go Again.” Kenan takes a step from co-writing Jason Reitman’s “Ghostbusters” film to direct. “A Boy Called Christmas” is currently in principal photography and is filming in Lapland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and London.
It is distributed domestically by Netflix while Studio Canal is distributing in the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France and China. The THR article also details the Oscar-winning special effects crew at Framestore (“The Golden Compass,” “Fantastic Beasts”) are on the project.
Last year Netflix released “The Christmas Chronicles” which starred Kurt Russell as Santa Claus. Netflix may be knocking on the festive doors once again, but with an ensemble cast to enjoy, it could be another fun winter outing for the streaming platform.