On December 17th, you'll be able to watch your favorite Christmas movie on TV, only this time it will be live!
Fox is at it once again, putting on a live production of A Christmas Story. They jumped on the live musical bandwagon in 2016, with their version of Grease. The reviews were solid, so now they want to see how far they can push their luck.
For those of you who don't know A Christmas Story (where have you been for the last 34 years?), the movie is about nine-year-old Ralphie Parker and his family, who are just trying to get through the holiday season without any major disasters. The movie takes place in the 1940s, but it stands the test of time. All Ralphie wants is a Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle and he'll stop at nothing to get it.
The movie was such a classic, it was turned into a Broadway musical in 2012. It garnered three Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical. The live TV production will be based off both the movie and the Broadway show, and will feature some new songs.
But the most important question we need to ask: who will actually be in this production? Fox finally filled us in, and it's kind of unexpected.
Andy Walken as Ralphie Parker
There was a nation-wide search conducted for the lead role of Ralphie, but they finally nabbed 11-year-old Andy Walken for the part. His first acting credit was in 2015 with a part on NCIS, and he's also appeared in Heartbeat, The Most Hated Woman in America and Escaping Dad.
Maya Rudolph as Mother Parker
She spent seven seasons on Saturday Night Live, and killed us with laughter with her role in Bridesmaids. Now, Maya Rudolph will appear as Ralphie's loving mom, Mother Parker.
Matthew Broderick as Adult Ralphie
Matthew Broderick's talents will be welcomed to the production as Adult Ralphie, who narrates the entire story. However, in the film we never actually see Adult Ralphie, we just see him. It's unclear whether or not this will change for the TV production.
Jane Krakowski as Miss Shields
Known for her work on 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Jane Krakowski will play Ralphie's teacher. She's no stranger to the stage, however. Krakowski won a Tony Award for her role in the Broadway musical, Nine.
Chris Diamantopoulos as Old Man Parker
Chris Diamantopoulos will appear in the production as Ralphie's dad. He's appeared on many TV shows, most recently the HBO smash hit Silicon Valley. He's also appeared in Good Girls Revolt, Episodes, Hannibal, The Office, Arrested Development, 24, and the Broadway musical, Waitress.
Ana Gasteyer as Mrs. Schwartz
The Saturday Night Live alum will appear as the mother to Ralphie's friend, Schwartz. Gasteyer was in Fox's production of Grease in 2016 and has also appeared in the Broadway productions of The Rocky Horror Show, The Royal Family and Wicked.
Will you be watching A Christmas Story Live! ?