Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn returning for The Christmas Chronicles sequel

Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn are reteaming as Santa and Mrs. Claus for a sequel to last year’s hit Netflix movie The Christmas Chronicles.The Death Becomes Her actress took to Instagram on Friday to announce she and her longtime partner will be back as…

Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn are reteaming as Santa and Mrs. Claus for a sequel to last year’s hit Netflix movie The Christmas Chronicles.

The Death Becomes Her actress took to Instagram on Friday to announce she and her longtime partner will be back as the Clauses in The Christmas Chronicles 2 at the end of next year.

“A year later and I’m still ringing Santa’s jingle bells,” the 74-year-old cheekily captioned a shot of the couple in their matching outfits posing in front of a snowy backdrop. “I couldn’t be happier to be working on @christmaschronicles again with Kurt Russell, my real life Santa @netflix 2020.”

Goldie appeared as Mrs. Claus in a surprise cameo at the end of the 2018 movie.

The Christmas Chronicles was a huge hit for the streaming service, and followed Kurt’s wisecracking Santa Claus as he took siblings Kate and Teddy Pierce, played by Darby Camp and Judah Lewis, on a whirlwind adventure to try and save the festive holiday.

Directed by Clay Kaytis, it also starred Goldie’s real-life son Oliver Hudson as well as Lamorne Morris and Kimberly Williams-Paisley.

And in next year’s new film, Santa Claus reteams with Kate, now a teenager, to battle a mythical troublemaker named Belsnickel, who will be played by Deadpool 2 star Julian Dennison.

Director Chris Columbus will helm the sequel, after serving as a producer on the original.

Goldie’s daughter Kate Hudson showed her support for the sequel on her mother’s Instagram post with a series of emojis, including a love heart.

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Goldie Hawn liked Kurt Russell’s ‘big Santa beard’

Goldie Hawn was a fan of Kurt Russell’s Santa Claus beard.The Hollywood heavyweight plays Chris Kringle in festive film The Christmas Chronicles, and instead of sticking fake fuzz on his face, Kurt opted to grow his very own white beard.And luckily Gol…

Goldie Hawn was a fan of Kurt Russell’s Santa Claus beard.

The Hollywood heavyweight plays Chris Kringle in festive film The Christmas Chronicles, and instead of sticking fake fuzz on his face, Kurt opted to grow his very own white beard.

And luckily Goldie, his partner of 35 years, was happy for him to bring his new look home.

“It was full on and took about four months to grow,” he told Entertainment Tonight. “Goldie hated the look I had for The Hateful Eight – actually I hated it too – but she was much better with the big Santa beard.”

As well as sporting a long handlebar moustache for Quentin Tarantino’s 2015 western The Hateful Eight, Kurt has also grown his facial hair out for films like Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Deepwater Horizon, and ’80 sci-fi flick The Thing.

But it was the look for The Hateful Eight that the 67-year-old found the hardest to deal with.

“The buffalo jacket and a big moustache were Quentin,” Kurt previously shared in an interview for Details magazine. “It’s a big look, a moustache wearing a man. I put a lot of stock in appearance.”

He also wore his hair long for the part of bounty hunter John Ruth, which had a direct impact on another film he shot around that time, Bone Tomahawk.

“For this guy here (Sheriff Hunt), I had to do a different version of him because I was getting ready for The Hateful Eight,” he said. “I would have changed my look significantly for this one. I would’ve had much shorter hair.”

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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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Kurt Russell: ‘Playing Santa is just like portraying Elvis’

Jumping into Santa Claus’ suit was a lot like playing Elvis Presley for Kurt Russell. The movie veteran jumped at the chance to play St. Nick in new Netflix film The Christmas Chronicles because he thought it would be fun to play another iconic charac…

Jumping into Santa Claus’ suit was a lot like playing Elvis Presley for Kurt Russell.

The movie veteran jumped at the chance to play St. Nick in new Netflix film The Christmas Chronicles because he thought it would be fun to play another iconic character.

Kurt, who tackled Presley in 1979 biopic Elvis, tells This Morning, “It was a great opportunity. In my life I’ve had the chance to create some characters and hopefully be memorable. I think that when you’re going to play Elvis Presley, you’re playing an iconic person, so when you’re going to play Santa Claus you’re playing an iconic person.

“It was just a wonderful opportunity to get to play a character that has been around for 1,700 years. There’s not that many individuals that have that kind of history.”

And Russell took the role seriously, researching the Santa myth and reading up on the legendary character.

“Santa was always a big deal in our family, he still is,” the Guardians of the Galaxy 2 star explains. “As an actor, it’s not like he was a comic book character that was invented, this is a real person, so I wanted to find out as much as I could about him.”

It’s not the first time Kurt has tried on the Santa suit – he once dressed up as Father Christmas to thrill kids, including his young son, Wyatt, at a mall in Los Angeles.

“I got into what I thought was a good Santa mode and I was mall Santa for about an hour and a half,” he laughs.

The Christmas Chronicles starts streaming on Netflix as America celebrates the start of the holiday season on Thanksgiving Day (22Nov18).

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