The reboot of the classic Christmas movie Home Alone has cast its first actors. According to Variety, Disney has signed Archie Yates, Ellie Kemper, and Rob Delaney for starring roles in the Disney+ movie.
Variety reports that the new Home Alone will not feature a new version of Kevin McCallister, the boy played by Macaulay Culkin in the original movie. Instead, the movie is creating a new character “in a similar premise,” with Yates playing the role of this young boy.
The 1990 original movie saw Culkin’s McCallister being forgotten by his family as they head off for vacation and being left … home alone. Burgulars played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern try to steal from the home. McCallister famously and hilariously defends his home from the bad guys by creating a series of booby traps.
Kemper and Delaney, meanwhile, were rumoured to be playing Yates’ parents, but Variety states that this is not the case. They might be portraying another couple, but this is not confirmed. Kemper has starred in The Office, Bridesmaids, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, while Delaney played the briefly memorable Peter in Deadpool 2 and more recently had roles in Hobbs & Shaw and Last Christmas.
According to a previous Collider report, the Home Alone reboot will tell the story of a “married couple who go to war with a young boy who has stolen something from them.”
Dan Mazer, who is known for writing the Sacha Baron Cohen movies Borat and Bruno, will direct the new Home Alone. Mazer also wrote Bridget Jones’s Baby and Office Christmas Party. He directed I Give It A Year and Dirty Grandpa, and he earned an Oscar nomination for Borat.
The movie is being written by Mike Day and Streeter Seidell, who currently write for and act on the popular NBC comedy show Saturday Night Live. There is no word on when the new Home Alone movie will begin shooting or when it will premiere.
1990’s Home Alone was a big success, leading to a 1992 sequel Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, and later further sequels that did not feature Culkin. The movies were produced by Fox, which was acquired by Disney in 2019.
Before Disney bought Fox, it was reported that Ryan Reynolds was making an R-rated version of Home Alone called Stoned Alone for Fox. In this movie, Reynolds misses his flight and then goes home and gets baked. He becomes paranoid when he hears someone breaking into his house. Someone actually is, and then Reynolds must defend his home while stoned. It sounds wonderful, but it’s unknown if the project is still in motion now that Disney–a family friendly company–owns Fox.