Danny Glover is Playing Santa for Disney’s The Naughty Nine Coming November 22nd

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The Naughty Nine

Danny Glover is Playing Santa for Disney’s The Naughty Nine Coming November 22nd

Just in time for the holiday season, Disney Branded Television has revealed that its latest Disney Original Movie, titled “The Naughty Nine,” is scheduled to premiere on Wednesday, November 22nd at 8:00-9:35 p.m. EST on Disney Channel, followed by a Thanksgiving Day release on Thursday, November 23rd, exclusively on Disney+.

This upcoming film revolves around a clever group of resourceful children who hatch an elaborate scheme at the North Pole. Alongside this announcement came the revelation that acclaimed actor Danny Glover, known for his role in “Lethal Weapon,” will take on the role of Santa Claus in the movie, as well as the release of the movie’s teaser.

In “The Naughty Nine,” a mischievous fifth-grader named Andy wakes up on Christmas morning without a gift from Santa. He comes to the realization that he must have been placed on Santa’s “naughty list” unjustly.

In response, Andy assembles a team of eight other “naughty list” individuals to help him carry out an intricate heist at Santa’s Village in the North Pole, with the aim of claiming the presents they believe they deserve. Throughout their adventure, the group begins to understand that the most effective way to escape the naughty list is by channeling their unique talents for good, rather than mischief.

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The movie’s talented ensemble cast includes Winslow Fegley as Andy, Camila Rodriguez as Dulce (Andy’s best friend and archery expert), Anthony Joo as Lewis (a North Pole conspiracy theorist), Imogen Cohen as Ha-Yoon (a daredevil “wheel woman”), Clara Stack as Rose (an animal whisperer), Deric McCabe as Jon Anthony (a master of disguise), Ayden Elijah as Albert (an adorable charmer), and Madilyn Kellam as Laurel (Andy’s older sister, a skilled gymnast on a journey to regain her confidence). Derek Theler portrays Bruno, a disgruntled cargo pilot who claims to have witnessed Santa’s sleigh.

Santa Claus, depicted by the award-winning actor and producer Danny Glover, is portrayed as a wise and imposing figure with a hint of humor, always staying one step ahead of Andy. Glover, best known for his role in the “Lethal Weapon” franchise, has an extensive filmography, including critically acclaimed movies like “Dreamgirls” and the futuristic thriller “2012.” In 2022, he received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Honorary Academy Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences for his decades-long advocacy for justice and human rights.

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Are you excited about “The Naughty Nine”? Let us know your favorite Christmas film in a comment and stay tuned for more updates for all Holiday films and shows from Disney and other major studios.


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