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Don’t pack the tinsel away just yet.
Chad Michael Murray, Larry the Cable Guy, Tika Sumpter and Kathy Najimy are joining Tyler Perry in A Madea Christmas.
Perry is directing, adapting his own play and producing with Ozzie Areu and Matt Moore. Lionsgate is releasing.
The story sees Madea getting coaxed into helping a friend pay her daughter a surprise visit in the country for Christmas. Their arrival, as the rural town prepares for its annual Christmas Carnival, prompts secrets to be revealed and old friendships test. Oh, and Madea dishes her special brand of spirit to all.
Production will begin next week with a planned Dec. 13, 2013, opening date.
Murray will play the town bully, a redneck type who tries to control his wife and son.
Sumpter is one of his son’s teachers, someone Murray dislikes, while Larry is the quirky patriarch of the white side of an interracial marriage.
Details for Najimy’s character were not revealed.
Murray stars in A Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia, which Lionsgate opens Feb. 1, and is in negotiations to join Nicolas Cage in the reboot of the Left Behind movie series. He is repped by Gersh, Brillstein Entertainment and Felker Toczek.
Larry the Cable Guy, whose real name is Daniel Lawrence Whitney, is mostly known for his stand-up comedy work and his voicework as Mater in Disney/Pixar’s Cars franchise. He is repped by Paradigm, Parallel Entertainment and Del Shaw.
Sumpter appeared in the Whitney Houston movie Sparkle and will next be seen in Universal’s Ride Along with Ice Cube and Kevin Hart. She is repped by Cunningham Escott and Brookside Artists Management .
Najimy was last seen in The Guilt Trip. She is repped by Abrams Artists and Perennial Entertainment.
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