Aisling Bea has responded after fans questioned her English accent in the first trailer for Disney's Home Alone reboot.
A reimagining of the classic 1990 comedy, Home Sweet Home Alone sees the Kildare-born actress and comedian play Carol, the mother of ten-year-old Max, who is played by Jojo Rabbit star Archie Yates.
In the original film the role of the mother was played by Catherine O'Hara, with Macaulay Culkin starring as the enterprising Kevin McCallister.
After the first clip debuted on Wednesday, many fans of the Irish actress took to Twitter to bemoan the fact that Bea had to adopt an English accent for the role.
Bea replied in a video posted to Twitter: "To everyone who has been wondering online why I have an English accent in the new Home Alone movie, it's because of the character’s English, she’s from England and if she’s from England and spoke with an Irish accent then that would be quite strange."
Mirroring the Home Alone plot, the reboot sees Max being left behind in his home when his family go away for Christmas.
"You do realise that my ten-year-old son is at home by himself? You just assumed that Max was on the other flight?" a worried Carol asks her husband.
"We didn't take a census," he retorts.
Max ends up having to defend his home from dim-witted intruders, played by Rob Delaney and Ellie Kemper, subjecting them to painful pranks.
Bea is seen desperately trying to get home to be reunited with her son in the clip.
There is also a familiar face in the trailer, with actor Devin Ratray, who played Buzz in the original, making a brief cameo as a police officer with a badge that says "McCallister".
Home Sweet Home Alone is directed by Dan Mazer and will begin streaming on Disney+ on November 12.