Billy Bob Thornton has revealed he has signed on to play Santa in the sequel to the 2003 hit movie.
The 58-year-old actor has confirmed, that after a couple of script rewrites, Bad Santa 2 is now ready to begin production, which should start early next year.
Speaking to the Observer newspaper Thornton said: ''It's been pretty hard trying to get the script right. We've been through three or four drafts but we're getting real close. Then there's the business dealings to sort out, all the stuff I don't understand. But one way or another, the sequel will happen and the idea is to shoot it next year.
He added: "We know we'll never beat the first film but we'll get as close as we can.''
The star has made it no secret that he is looking forward to getting back into the role of the festive conman, who robbed shopping centres under the disguise of Santa Claus.
Speaking previously he said: ''When they first said, 'Hey, we're gonna make a sequel to Bad Santa, I said, 'That's nice. I loved playing that character.' It's become an iconic movie and the public wants to see a sequel.
"I said, 'I've never done a sequel, but it makes sense to me to do this sequel.' It's the kind of movie you do a sequel for, so I was all for it.''