By LILY TINOCO | Reporter
The holidays are here and near, and what better way to bring on the Christmas cheer than with a movie at home?
Keep an eye out for former Palisadians Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn as they reprise their roles as Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus in Netflix’s “The Christmas Chronicles 2.”
The action-packed, family-friendly sequel from writer-director Chris Columbus stars Russell and Hawn, a real-life couple who return as the Clauses.
“I couldn’t be happier to be working on ‘Christmas Chronicles’ again with Kurt Russell, my real-life Santa,” Hawn shared on Twitter.
The last film the duo starred in together was released more than 30 years ago, co-starring in 1987’s “Overboard.” In a recent interview with The New York Times, Russell said he didn’t think it would take this long for the couple to co-star in a movie again.
“I thought we’d work together much sooner than this, but Goldie and I are pretty choosy,” he was quoted as saying. “And generally, Goldie Hawn movies and movies that Kurt Russell is in are pretty different things.”
Hawn only appeared for a quick cameo in Netflix’s original “The Christmas Chronicles” in 2018, but the Netflix teaser-trailer revealed her to be an architect and head-designer of Santa’s Village this time around.
“The Christmas Chronicles 2” will follow Kate Pierce (Darby Camp) and her brother Teddy (Judah Lewis) as the two get caught in drama and trouble.
“Unhappy over her mom’s new relationship, a now-teenage Kate runs away and lands at the North Pole, where a naughty elf is plotting to cancel Christmas,” according to the title description on Netflix.
The naughty elf, known as Belsnickel (Julian Dennison), manages to get ahold of the immortal “Christmas Star” and plots to destroy the North Pole. It becomes the sibling’s responsibility to fight back and stop him from wreaking havoc.
The film also features Tyrese Gibson, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Patrick Gallagher and more.
Columbus produced the first film but took on a more directorial role for the sequel and co-wrote it with Matt Lieberman. Columbus previously directed “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” and the classic “Home Alone.”
The film was released in select theaters in the United States on November 18, with a runtime of 1 hour and 55 minutes.
It was slated to be released on the Netflix streaming platform on Wednesday, November 25—exactly one month before Christmas itself.
“The Christmas Chronicles 2” is rated PG for brief language, mild action and violence.
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