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KATHY BATES JOINS BAD SANTA 2 FOR MIRAMAX® AND BROAD GREEN


 

LOS ANGELES, CA (November 19, 2015) – Miramax® and Broad Green Pictures announced today that

Oscar®, Golden Globe and Emmy winner Kathy Bates (MiseryTitanic, Dolores Claiborne) will join the

cast of BAD SANTA 2 as Sunny Soke, the foulmouthed, tough-as-nails mom to Billy Bob Thornton’s mall-

Santa scoundrel, Willie Soke.

 

As recently announced, Golden Globe nominee Thornton (television series ”Fargo”, Sling Blade, Simple

Plan, Bandits) will reprise his signature role as Soke, the character he made famous in the raucous

comedy box office hit BAD SANTA (2003). Tony Cox and Brett Kelly from the original film will also return.

Mark Waters (Mean GirlsFreaky Friday) will direct from a screenplay by Johnny Rosenthal, Doug Ellin

(“Entourage”) and Shauna Cross (If I Stay, Whip It). Geyer Kosinski (The Astronaut Farmer, The Bad

News Bears, television series “Fargo”) and Andrew Gunn (Freaky Friday) will produce. BAD SANTA 2 will

be executive produced by Miramax’s Zanne Devine and David Thwaites, Broad Green’s Gabriel and

Daniel Hammond, Mark Waters and Jessica Tuchinsky, and Doug Ellin.

 

Miramax® and Broad Green Pictures are partnering to co-finance and co-produce the sequel with Broad

Green handling U.S. theatrical distribution during the 2016 holiday season.

 

Principal photography will commence in January 2016 in Montréal, Québec, Canada.

 

Bates is repped by ICM.