Kathy Bates has joined the cast of the upcoming “Bad Santa” sequel at Miramax and Broad Green Pictures.
Bates will play Sunny Soke, the foulmouthed, tough-as-nails mom to Billy Bob Thornton’s titular mall-Santa scoundrel Willie Soke. Thornton starred in the 2003 original and reprises his role here. Tony Cox and Brett Kelly from the original will also return.
Mark Waters will direct from a screenplay by Johnny Rosenthal, Doug Ellin and Shauna Cross. Geyer Kosinski and Andrew Gunn will produce. Filming begins January in Montreal ahead of a late 2016 release.