Merry Xmas ya filthy animals. Variety’s Justin Kroll is reporting that Archie Yates, who is currently in one of Reel 360’s top ten films of the year, JoJo Rabbit has been cast as the young lead in Disney+’s reboot of Home Alone.
The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s Ellie Kemper and Rob Delaney (Catastrophe, Deadpool 2) will play his parents. Before we start rolling our eyes about another remake… okay roll your eyes… roll them again. Out of the way? Good
As you remember the original 1990 Xmas classic, starred Macaulay Culkin as a suburban kid, Kevin McCallister, who is unwittingly left at home by himself while his family travels for the Christmas holiday.
In between ordering pizza and experimenting with aftershave, he has to keep his house protected from would-be burglars. A successful sequel followed in 1992.
Reportedly, this Home Alone revival won’t be a straight up remake of the O.G. Sources say this version, directed by Dirty Grandpa’s Dan Mazer based on a script by SNL writers Mikey Day and Streeter Seidell, will be about a husband and wife who go to war against a 9-year-old boy named Max when the boy steals something from them.
According to a casting call said Max needed to be “wise beyond his years and has the personality to easily converse with adults” with an “uncanny ability to relentlessly push their buttons,” but also possess “a sense of innocence and a kind heart.”
There’s also no word about whether or not Macaulay Culkin‘s Kevin McCallister character may factor into this film at all. He did just reprise the character last year for a Google Christmas campaign.
Disney reportedly hopes to start production early next year, which will likely mean it will land on the streaming service for Christmas in 2020.