McAvoy, Laurie, Nighty Celebrate “Christmas”

James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, and Ashley Jensen have all signed on for the 3D CG-animated family comedy “Arthur Christmas” at Aardman Animations and Sony Pictures Animation.

Set on Christmas night, the story of Arthur Christmas at last reveals the incredible, never-before seen answer to every child’s question: ‘So how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?’

The answer: Santa’s exhilarating, ultra-high-tech operation hidden beneath the North Pole. But at the heart of the film is a story with the ingredients of a Christmas classic – a family in a state of comic dysfunction and an unlikely hero, Arthur, with an urgent mission that must be completed before Christmas morning dawns.

Sarah Smith directs from a script by Peter Baynham and Sarah Smith. The film is already set for a November 23rd release next year.