Filming begins for Bad Santa 2

Billie Bob Thornton's foul-mouthed Father Christmas will be returning before the end of 2016


Filming has finally started on the long-anticipated sequel to Bad Santa.


Bad Santa 2 will see Billy Bob Thornton reprise his role as Willie Stokes, the foul-mouthed alcoholic that dresses up as Santa to steal from shopping malls, alongside his ‘elf’ sidekick played by Tony Cox.

As well as confirming that the wheels are in motion for Bad Santa 2, Miramax announced that the sequel will be directed by Mean Girls director Mark Waters.

Mad Men star Christina Hendricks is also set to feature, along with Ryan Hansen, Jenny Zigrino, Jeff Skowron and Kathy Bates.


The follow up to the cult classic was first mentioned by Billy Bob Thornton in 2009, so this moment has been a long time coming. However, principal photography has begun in Montreal, with the film set to arrive in UK cinemas in December 2016.