It’s the festive sequel that even those on the nice list believed to be wishful thinking at first, but after years of fostering pent-up demand, Bad Santa 2 is on course to storm theaters this November, and it’ll come packing all of the R-rated seasonal shenanigans that ensured the 2003 original went down as a cult hit.
Back in the fluffy red suit is Billy Bob Thornton – the poor man’s Father Christmas – as he gears up for another festive season of booze drinking and spewing a series of empty promises. That’s a snarky attitude that permeated through last week’s riotous first teaser, one designed to shed light on Bad Santa 2‘s ensemble cast.
Introducing a very unique and decidedly NSFW brand of festive cheer is Thornton’s Willie T. Stokes, flanked by Kathy Bates, The Neon Demon alum Christina Hendricks as a potential love interest to our Bad Santa, Jeff Skwron, Jenny Zigrino, and Cristina Rosato. Mark Waters (Mean Girls) is behind the lens, directing from a script 13 years in the making.
Wilder. Drunker. Badder. For better or worse, Bad Santa 2 heralds the return of Billy Bob Thornton’s chain-smoking nihilist when Broad Green Pictures and Miramax launch the R-rated festive sequel into theaters on November 23.
BAD SANTA 2 returns Academy Award®-winner BILLY BOB THORNTON to the screen as America’s favorite anti-hero, Willie Soke. Fueled by cheap whiskey, greed and hatred, Willie teams up once again with his angry little sidekick, Marcus (TONY COX), to knock off a Chicago charity on Christmas Eve. Along for the ride is ‘the kid’ – chubby and cheery Thurman Merman (BRETT KELLY), a 250-pound ray of sunshine who brings out Willie’s sliver of humanity.
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.