Ho, Ho, Ho.
Miramax and Broad Green Pictures announced that Oscar, Golden Globe and Emmy winner Kathy Bates has joined the cast of “Bad Santa 2.”
Bates is set to play Sunny Soke, the foulmouthed, tough-as-nails mom to Billy Bob Thornton’s mall-Santa scoundrel, Willie Soke. Thornton will reprise his role as America’s favorite foulmouthed Santa.
Mark Waters (Mean Girls, Freaky Friday) will direct from a screenplay by Johnny Rosenthal, Doug Ellin (“Entourage”) and Shauna Cross (If I Stay, Whip It). Geyer Kosinski (The Astronaut Farmer,The Bad News Bears, television series “Fargo”) and Andrew Gunn (Freaky Friday) will produce.
Bad Santa 2 will be executive produced by Miramax’s Zanne Devine and David Thwaites, Broad Green’s Gabriel and Daniel Hammond, Mark Waters and Jessica Tuchinsky, and Doug Ellin.
“Bad Santa 2” will be released just in time for the 2016 holiday season.