Offering up a welcome tonic to the R-rated chaos of Wednesday’s sizzle reel, Broad Green Pictures has now unveiled the SFW version of Bad Santa 2‘s new trailer that reins in the debauchery – but only a smidge.
Battling raging alcoholism and mommy issues – the second ailment can be attributed to the introduction of Kathy Bates’ butch mother hen, Sunny Soke – the studio’s long-in-development sequel heralds a comeback for Billy Bob Thornton as Willie T. Soke, the lean, mean nihilistic who will be slipping into his red jumpsuit as Father Christmas in only two months’ time.
Pulled back to the fray by his literal partner-in-crime Marcus (Tony Cox), Bad Santa 2 leans on the ol’ one last job trope by teeing up a devious scheme that involves Marcus, Willie and the scene-stealing Sunny, as they orchestrate a ploy to rob a charity, one governed by Christian Hendricks’ newcomer Diane. Harboing a “heart of gold and libido of steel,” Hendricks is part love interest, part nemesis. Elsewhere, Jeff Skwron, Jenny Zigrino, and Cristina Rosato also star, and you ought to keep your peepers peeled for an Octavia Spencer cameo, too.
Deck the halls with boughs of holly! Bad Santa 2 opens on November 23. But has the crass humor of Thornton’s nutjob aged like a fine, 13-year old wine? We’ll find out soon enough.
Mommy issues arise when the pair are joined by Academy Award®, Golden Globe and Emmy-winner KATHY BATES, as Willie’s horror story of a mother, Sunny Soke. A super butch super bitch, Sunny raises the bar for the gang’s ambitions, while somehow lowering the standards of criminal behavior. Willie is further burdened by lusting after the curvaceous and prim Diane, played by Emmy Award-nominee CHRISTINA HENDRICKS, the charity director with a heart of gold and libido of steel.