Willie Soke – raging alcoholic, womanizer and all-round low-life – raises a glass or three to the holiday season in this new Bad Santa 2 poster.
Unlike much of the marketing material to emerge for Broad Green Pictures and Mark Waters’ outrageous, long-anticipated sequel, this one-sheet (via Collider) is actually safe for work, featuring Billy Bob Thornton’s lead character passed out on a bar after toasting to the Christmas spirit long into the early hours.
Excessive drinking is but one character trait that defines Willie Soke, and in Bad Santa 2, Thornton’s despicable trickster will be up to his old ways, striking up a new partnership with literal partner-in-crime Marcus (Tony Cox) that involves Sunny Soke, the butch, borderline-abusive mother hen played with glee by American Horror Story alum, Kathy Bates. Toss in a raging nymphomaniac in Christian Hendricks’ newcomer Diane and you have a festive sequel for only select portions of the family. When the plot involves robbing a Chicago charity on Christmas Eve, coupled with the crude nature of the cult 2003 original, you almost know what you’re getting in for right off the bat.
Bad Santa 2, also starring Jeff Skwron, Jenny Zigrino, and Cristina Rosato, will kick off the seasonal shenanigans a little earlier than planned on November 23.
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.