The first footage from Violent Night was shown at CinemaCon, and it sees Stranger Things star David Harbour going full John McClane as… Santa Claus?
In the film, a group of mercenaries take a family hostage on Christmas Eve – and Saint Nick must save the day.
Per Screen Rant, the footage – which has not been released to the public just yet – opens with the poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas.” The mercenaries raid a family’s house, and then Father Christmas arrives. Santa, calling himself “jolly old Saint Nick”, electrocutes one man using a Christmas tree star and uses a sledgehammer to beat another mercenary. He’s also got some help from elves.
“Escape is great. It’s a great movie. What about action movies? Action movies are a favorite of many. Who doesn’t love a great action movie, right? What about Christmas movies? Harbour said on stage at CinemaCon (H/T ComicBook.com) “So, what about a movie that’s a great action movie, and the greatest Christmas movie in one? Die Hard. Fucking Die Hard. “
He continued: “What if kick ass director Tommy Wirkola and the badass producers at 87North, you know, the maniacs who did Atomic Blonde and John Wick and Nobody and Hobbs and Shaw, were behind it all? Wait, what if it was me who starred as Santa Claus in the movie? Do I have a motherfucking hammer to swing? Yes. You’re not seeing a trailer. You better not pout. You’ll understand why. Santa Claus will be coming to town. Let’s get fucked. “
John Leguizamo (John Wick), Alex Hassell (The Tragedy of Macbeth), Edi Patterson (Knives Out), and Beverly D’Angelo (National Lampoon’s Vacation) co-star.
Harbour is probably best known for his role as Hopper in the Netflix show Stranger Things, which returns with Stranger Things season 4 this May 27. Meanwhile, Violent Night will be released on December 2.
In the meantime, check out our guide to all of 2022’s upcoming major movie release dates for everything else the year has in store.
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