“Encanto” star cast in David Harbour’s Christmas action movie

Encanto star John Leguizamo has signed up to join Stranger Things and Black Widow actor David Harbour in his upcoming festive action movie, Digital Spy reports.

The report adds that the Christmas-themed Violent Night has also added Beverly D’Angelo, Alex Hassell and Alexis Louder to the cast, writes The Hollywood Reporter, following the announcement of Harbour’s lead role in November last year.

Violent Night takes place on Christmas Eve, at the estate of a wealthy family who have very tough and competitive dynamics. When a group of mercenaries attack the mansion, a disillusioned Santa (Harbour) has to step in and try to save Christmas in an unconventionally brutal way.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Leguizamo will play the leader of the violent gang that breaks into the estate – marking a bit of a departure from his role as misunderstood Bruno in the Oscar-nominated Disney animated hit, Encanto.

National Lampoon’s Vacation and Entourage star D’Angelo will play the family matriarch, who leads their corporation and plays a cruel game of making her kids fight each other for her love.

Hassell, who has starred in The Boys and Cowboy Bebop, is taking on the role of one of the adult children of D’Angelo’s character, while The Tomorrow War star Louder will play his estranged wife, who is forced to spend Christmas with the family for the sake of her daughter.

Violent Night has been written by Sonic the Hedgehog writers Patrick Casey and Josh Miller, while it is being directed by Dead Snow’s Tommy Wirkola and produced by some of the same team behind Bob Odenkirk’s recent action hit, Nobody.

It has previously been reported that the movie is due for release during the suitably festive month of December this year.

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