Tyrese Gibson joins cast of The Christmas Chronicles 2

Tyrese Gibson is to star alongside Kurt Russell in Netflix’s festive sequel, The Christmas Chronicles 2. The Fast and the Furious actor joins a cast which includes Kurt as Santa Claus, his real-life partner Goldie Hawn as Mrs. Claus, Darby Camp and Jud…

Tyrese Gibson is to star alongside Kurt Russell in Netflix’s festive sequel, The Christmas Chronicles 2.

The Fast and the Furious actor joins a cast which includes Kurt as Santa Claus, his real-life partner Goldie Hawn as Mrs. Claus, Darby Camp and Judah Lewis as the children Santa befriends, and Kimberly Williams-Paisley as their widowed mother Claire.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tyrese will portray Claire’s new boyfriend. The actor shared the casting news on Instagram alongside the caption: “God has officially blown my mind!”

In addition, Darlene Love, who is known for appearing in the Lethal Weapon movies and for singing festive classic Christmas (Baby Please Come Home), has also joined the cast in an unknown role.

In the first film, which was a surprise hit for the streaming service in 2018, the children, Kate and Teddy, get more than they bargained for when they plan to capture Santa on camera on Christmas Eve. In the sequel, Kate, who is now a cynical teenager, is unexpectedly reunited with Santa when a mysterious and magical being named Belsnickel threatens to destroy Christmas forever.

Chris Columbus, who produced the original film, is directing the sequel from a script he co-wrote with Matt Lieberman. He is also producing with Mark Radcliffe and Michael Barnathan.

Goldie, who had a cameo in the first one, announced the sequel in an Instagram post earlier in December. Filming is now underway with the aim of being ready for next Christmas.

Tyrese was recently seen in police thriller Black and Blue and is gearing up for a big 2020, in which he will reprise his role as Roman in Fast & Furious 9 and appear in Sony’s Marvel movie Morbius, which stars Jared Leto.

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Chris Columbus avoids watching his movies at Christmas

Chris Columbus avoids watching his Christmas movies during the festive season.The filmmaker is known for writing classics like Gremlins and The Goonies, as well as for directing films such as Home Alone, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, the first two Ha…

Chris Columbus avoids watching his Christmas movies during the festive season.

The filmmaker is known for writing classics like Gremlins and The Goonies, as well as for directing films such as Home Alone, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, the first two Harry Potter films, and Mrs. Doubtfire.

While Chris’ movies continue to be popular family fare in December, he has now admitted that he steers clear of watching his own flicks.

“No, no, no, no,” he laughed when asked by reporters at Total Film if he is tempted to re-watch Home Alone. “I laugh about it with my family. We can’t escape it, from like Thanksgiving to 1 January, it seems like a lot of my films are on TV.”

However, Chris did insist that he is a big fan of the Yuletide season. He invests a lot of time and energy in finding the perfect decorations for inside and outside of his home.

“Christmas is a very important time in the Columbus household. I’m at the tree loft the very first day it opens, picking out the biggest tree. I decorate my own tree,” the 60-year-old smiled. “And because I don’t want to fall off a ladder, I have a company put up a ridiculously embarrassing amount of lights in front of my house.”

As the king of festive films, Chris has jumped on board as a producer of Netflix project The Christmas Chronicles.

The movie features Kurt Russell as Santa Claus, and the director is certain there is room to develop the concept into a series if viewers respond well.

“As we were making the film, I realised there was a much bigger world here. So, I got excited about the potential for digging deeper, with maybe another film in the series, and treating the world of the North Pole and the mythology of Santa Claus with a seriousness that it’s never been treated with,” he added.

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