Red One producer Hiram Garcia reveals that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will not be portraying Santa in Amazon Studios’ upcoming holiday movie.
Red producer, Hiram Garcia, has revealed that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will not star in the Christmas-themed film as Santa Claus. Red is an upcoming Amazon Studios vacation film that will star Johnson and be written by Hobbs & Shaw-writer, Chris Morgan. It was reported in June that Johnson is joining the cast of the action-adventure comedy that will introduce a whole new world to the vacation genre. Very few details have emerged on the specifics of the plot or what will qualify it as a holiday movie. The lack of detail has led to speculation about Johnson’s role and if he could play Santa Claus in the film.
As reported by Slash movie, producer Garcia has confirmed that Johnson will not be portraying Santa Claus in Red. Garcia was unsure why people quickly assumed Johnson would be Santa Claus in the movie and stepped in to debunk the theory. While Johnson won’t play Santa, he will play “something really awesome” instead of. Garcia went on to explain that Red won’t be a conventional holiday movie, but will be a twist on Christmas mythology that turns the holiday genre upside down. He also revealed a tentative December 2023 release date. Check out his statement below:
Funny, he doesn’t play Santa Claus. For some reason everyone thinks he’s playing Santa Claus. He’s not playing Santa, but he’s playing something really awesome. We are really excited about this. This is the film we want to shoot next year. We’re thrilled to have Jake Kasdan to lead him because he’s a master in this space and the tone we want to make. It’s really “Hobbs and Shaw” meets “Guardians of the Galaxy” meets “Miracle on 34th Street”. He’s going to take the vacation mythology and overthrow it. Really, it’s hard to find another Christmas movie to compare to this one. I don’t think there has ever been anything like this in this space, which is still very appealing to us. We’re really excited about it, Amazon was great with it, and we’re in the process – the script is about to be written, and we’ll be shooting that next year. Our goal is to touch wood, we hope it’s ready for December 2023.
While the announcement may be a bummer for fans hoping to see the action star in the gleeful red suit and beard, it makes sense given the premise of the film. It looks like it won’t be the usual Christmas movie, but more of an action flick with classic Christmas feelings behind it. Of course, it’s extremely difficult to imagine a cop / superhero / classic Christmas movie with precision, but it’s safe to say that it won’t be typical. The mention of the holiday mythology also raises the question of whether this will be an exploration of the pagan roots and origins of the holiday, rather than an interpretation of the commercial holiday. Even though Johnson doesn’t portray Santa, the film will still see him reunite Jumanji director, Jake Kasdan. With a strong and connected distribution and team and a broad vision, Red may be a big holiday hit for Amazon, even if viewers are denied the image of Johnson in a Santa costume.
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