JK Simmons’ Santa Struts Alongsid The Rock in New Red One Image

JK Simmons’ Santa Struts Alongsid The Rock in New Red One Image

Dwayne Johnson, also known as “The Rock,” excitedly shared a new image from his upcoming film “Red One” on Instagram. The image showcases Johnson’s character, Callum Drift, walking alongside JK Simmons, who portrays a rockstar version of Santa Claus in the movie. “Red One” is an action-comedy Christmas film set to be released on Prime Video in late 2023. The story revolves around Callum Drift and Jack O’Malley, played by Chris Evans, as they embark on an adventure that subverts the mythology of the holidays.

While specific plot details for “Red One” remain scarce, the film, directed by Jake Kasdan, has garnered much attention for its inventive take on Santa Claus, with JK Simmons portraying the iconic character. In the newly posted image, Simmons is seen donning a costume that still adheres to the traditional red-and-white Christmas theme. However, his updated outfit features a long coat and leather jacket that accentuate his muscular physique, a departure from the usual portrayal of Santa. Simmons also swaps his trademark hat for a beanie, signaling a modern interpretation of the beloved character.

With “Red One” marking Dwayne Johnson’s first foray into the Christmas genre, anticipation for the film is understandably high. In addition to Johnson, Evans, and Simmons, the movie boasts a star-studded cast, including Kiernan Shipka, Lucy Liu, Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Bonnie Hunt, Nick Kroll, and Kristofer Hivju. Filming for “Red One” is currently underway, and details about the ensemble cast’s characters are being kept under wraps to avoid potential spoilers. However, it has been confirmed that Bonnie Hunt will portray an updated version of Mrs. Claus opposite Simmons’ Santa, hinting at the possibility of comedic interactions and hilarious banter in the movie.

The newly released image solidifies the fact that Simmons’ portrayal of Santa will be drastically different from the conventional depiction of the jolly old fellow. While still embodying the spirit of generosity, Simmons’ version of the character exudes a tough persona, showcased by his muscular physique and seemingly stern personality. Dwayne Johnson described Simmons’ character as “the coolest, strongest, kindest, most badass, most loving & most OG Santa Claus of all time,” suggesting that this Santa will not only deliver presents but also engage in high-octane action in the film.

With Johnson and Evans teaming up for “Red One,” audiences can expect elements of a buddy comedy where the leads reluctantly work together, resulting in humorous and entertaining exchanges. Their trip to the North Pole will undoubtedly entail fantastic fun and action-packed drama, interwoven with themes of family, as “Red One” ultimately remains a Christmas movie. How Simmons’ Santa fits into the genre-bending story remains unclear at this point, but given the film’s inspirations, which include movies like “Jumanji,” “Miracle on 34th Street,” “Hobbs & Shaw,” “Harry Potter,” and “It’s a Wonderful Life,” it is possible that Johnson and Evans’ characters team up with Santa on a mission to save Christmas. More details are expected to emerge as production on “Red One” continues, although it may take some time before teaser footage or a trailer is ready for release.


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