Back in April 2019 Netflix announced that filming had begun on StudioCanal’s “A Boy Called Christmas”, a re-imagining of the origin story of Father Christmas. After various Covid-related delays we finally have a release date and teaser trailer. The film will be shot on location in Lapland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and London. The film, based on the book by Matt Haig, will be directed by Gil Kenan (Monster House) and star Jim Broadbent (Paddington 1 & 2, The Iron Lady), Zoe Colletti (Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark), Toby Jones (Infamous, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water, Paddington 1 & 2), Michiel Huisman (The Haunting of Hill House, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society), Henry Lawfull (Les Miserables), Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey, Harry Potter), Rune Temte (Captain Marvel, The Last Kingdom), Indica Watson (The Missing, Sherlock) and Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids, Wonder Woman 1984).
StudioCanal will release the film theatrically in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France and China, and Netflix will release the film in the rest of the world on November 24th.
An ordinary young boy called Nikolas sets out on an extraordinary adventure into the snowy north in search of his father who is on a quest to discover the fabled village of the elves, Elfhelm. Taking with him a headstrong reindeer called Blitzen and a loyal pet mouse, Nikolas soon meets his destiny in this magical, comic and endearing story that proves nothing is impossible.
A BOY CALLED CHRISTMAS, on Netflix Nov. 24 in select territories. Starring: Henry Lawfull, Toby Jones, Sally Hawkins, Kristen Wiig, Michiel Huisman, Zoe Colletti, Stephen Merchant (voice), Joel Fry, Rune Temte, Jim Broadbent and Maggie Smith.
Directed by Gil Kenan. Adapted from the bestselling book by Matt Haig.