Oscar winner Mel Gibson will play a “rowdy, unorthodox” Santa Claus in a new comedy called “Fatman,” according to Variety. According to the report, the movie will begin filming in Canada in early 2020. There is no word as of yet about who will star alongside Gibson in the film.
Variety’s description of the plot states that that Gibson will play a version of Santa Claus who is “fighting his business decline, while a neglected and precocious 12-year-old hires a hitman to kill Santa after receiving a lump of coal in his stocking.”
Fatman will be directed by brothers Ian and Eshom Nelms, working off a script they wrote. They previously worked on Waffle Street, Lost on Purpose, and Small Town Crime.
Gibson is just the latest big-name actor to play Santa. Tim Allen portrayed the character in The Santa Clause series, while Richard Attenborough played him in 1994’s Miracle on 34th Street. More recently, Kurt Russell played Santa in the popular Netflix movie The Christmas Chronicles.
Gibson is a two-time Oscar winner who earned his awards for for 1995’s Braveheart.