HBO Max and Warner Bros. have released a new trailer for the sequel to A Christmas Story. So viewers now have the opportunity to reunite with the lovable Ralphie.
The sequel comes thirty-nine years after the original A Christmas Story, which debuted in 1983. It is directed by Clay Kaytis, whose previous adventures include animated films like The Angry Birds Movie and The Christmas Chronicles.
A Christmas Story follows Ralphie’s return home for the holidays after the death of his father. He is now grown and has children of his own.
The film is set in the 1970s and promises the return of Peter Billingsley as Ralphie, Ian Petrella as younger brother Randy and Zack Ward as bully Scut Farkus. However, Julie Hagerty replaces Melinda Dillon as Ralphie’s mother.
A new trailer from Warner Bros. shows that A Christmas Story hasn’t changed much…
Peter Billingsley returns to the title role after years. The actor began his career in the 1980s with roles in films like Paternity and Death Valley. These roles spurred Billingsley to go all out for Ralphie in the original A Christmas Story.
Billingsley’s return might just work perfectly for the new A Christmas Story. While there have certainly been examples of actors being replaced in sequels, such as Julianne Moore as Clarice Starling in Hannibal or Michael Gambon as Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter franchise, fans of the original A Christmas Story would certainly have been disappointed if the lovable actor hadn’t returned to the role.
It’s hard to imagine another actor embodying the earnestness and innocence that Billingsley so easily mimics. Whether the script and direction will go hand in hand with the promise of Billingsley’s return remains to be seen.
A Christmas Story 2 will be available to see beginning November 17 on HBO Max.