Jim Broadbent, Maggie Smith, Kristen Wiig
Halloween is over, which means it’s instantly time for Christmas– and not just in shopping centers. Netflix also exhibited a sudden case of the holiday spirit, evidenced by this new trailer for his latest original film, which looks set to become a holiday classic. It’s called A boy called Christmas.
Co-written and directed by Gil Kenan (he directed Monster House, City of Ember, and 2015 Fighting spirit, and co-wrote Ghostbusters: the afterlife), the film follows a young boy named Nikolas (Henry Lawfull) who sets out on a journey to prove that magic is real. Along the way, he will meet characters played by an array of award-winning talent (such as Jim Broadbent, Maggie Smith, Kristen Wiig, and Sally Hawkins) and go on vacation. We bet you can guess which one. Here is the first trailer.
Because you are probably wondering, yes Nikolas’ mouse is voiced by Office co-creator Stephen Merchant-and no, it’s not an original story, IIt is based on a bestselling book by Matt Haig. With these burning questions aside, that A boy called Christmas the trailer is full of surprises, isn’t it? Every few seconds I felt like a different famous actor appears in a big role. Creatures are also becoming more and more elaborate. Flying reindeer are one thing, but along with elves and giants, Kenan seems to be swinging for the fences here, hoping to blend some of the fantasy Amblin feel of the 1980s with the reach and scale of the modern blockbusters.
The trailer also ties the film tangentially to the Chris Columbus-directed and Kurt Russell-directed film. Christmas Chronicle movies, which gives you an idea of what the streamer has to look forward to here: another great family blockbuster that people will watch over and over again. Co-written by Kenan and Ol Parker, A boy called Christmas co-stars Michiel Huisman, Zoe Colletti, Joel Fry and Rune Temte, and arrives on Netflix on November 24.
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