Now how’s this for a pitch?!
A 12-year-old child receives a lump of coal in their stocking from Santa Claus. Naturally, the kid’s peeved, and decides to hire a hitman to kill the bearded fella. Sounds ridiculous. Take our money.
That’s the premise of upcoming dark action-comedy Fatman, which has just cast fantastic actor Walton Goggins (The Hateful Eight, Justified, Ant-Man and the Wasp) in the role of the hitman, who goes by Skinnyman. Deadline broke the news of Goggins’ casting, which will have him playing an unorthodox, eccentric, sharp-shooting gun-for-hire who works at a toy store.
The titular role, aka Santa, will be played by none other than Mel Gibson.
Fatman comes from filmmaking brothers Eshom and Ian Nelms, who have been credited as The Nelms Brothers. Their previous credits include John Hawkes-starring thriller Small Town Crime, which was released on Netflix here in Australia, and small 2015 dramedy Waffle Street. They’ll be directing this one from a screenplay they wrote.
Production on Fatman is currently underway in Canada.
Goggins has had quite a busy television slate over the last few years, appearing in shows like Six, Deep State and The Righteous Gemstones. He currently stars in CBS series The Unicorn.
As for Gibson, he’s got a number of interesting-sounding films on the horizon, including actioners Boss Level (with Frank Grillo and Naomi Watts), Force of Nature (with Emile Hirsch) and Waldo (with Charlie Hunnam). His drama The Professor and The Madman, co-starring Sean Penn, arrives in Australian cinemas on February 20.