Miramax and Broad Green Pictures have announced that “Drive” and “Mad Men” actress Christina Hendricks will join the cast of the upcoming dark comedy “Bad Santa 2”.
Hendricks will play Diane, a woman who runs a charitable organization who, naturally, becomes the love interest to Billy Bob Thornton’s mall-Santa scoundrel Willie Soke.
Tony Cox and Brett Kelly from the original film will also return while Kathy Bates is also onboard as Sunny Soke, the foulmouthed, tough-as-nails mom of Thornton’s character.
Mark Waters will direct from a screenplay by Johnny Rosenthal, Doug Ellin and Shauna Cross. Geyer Kosinski and Andrew Gunn will produce and shooting will commence later this month in Montreal.