"Saturday Night Live" alum and Emmy victor Maya Rudolph has been cast as the mother of Ralphie, the center of the now classic holiday story.
And today at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour, Fox announced a few more details: A Christmas Story will air live on the network Sunday, December 17, and be directed by Broadway veteran Scott Ellis. Additional casting information to be announced soon.
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The original Christmas Story starred Peter Billingsley as Ralphie Parker and Melinda Dillon as Ralphie's mom. Their year so far has included a Tony Award for their musical Dear Evan Hansen and an Oscar and a Golden Globe for their La La Land song "City of Stars". Based on the writings of Jean Shepherd, the book was written by Joseph Robinette, with music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. He is joined by fellow exec producer Adam Siegel (the Broadway revival of The King and I), with Jonathan Tolins and Robert Cary ("Grease Live") serving as co-exec producers and writers. Platt is also producing a live version of Rent for Fox.
Produced by Warner Horizon Unscripted Television & Alternative Television, it will be filmed at Warner Bros. His film resume includes such titles as "Legally Blonde", "Into the Woods", "Drive", "Rachel Getting Married", "Scott Pilgrim" and "Wanted".
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