'Fatman' Trailer Reveals Mel Gibson's Gun-Toting Santa Claus

Mel Gibson in Fatman
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Mel Gibson in 'Fatman'

The Christmas action-comedy is directed by Ian and Eshom Nelms.

Christmas spirit looks a little different with Mel Gibson, who we see portraying a rowdy, gun-toting Santa Claus in the first trailer for Saban Films' Fatman.

The action-comedy directed by Ian and Eshom Nelms centers on a neglected 12-year-old boy (Chance Hurstfield) who hires a highly skilled assassin (Walton Goggins) to take out Chris Cringle (Gibson) after receiving a lump of coal in his stocking. Cringle proves himself a worthy adversary as he is not so jolly or festively plump, and more so skilled in weaponry after being forced into a partnership with the U.S. military to save his declining business.

Marianne Jean-Baptiste and Shaun Benson co-star in the dark Christmas tale.

Fatman is produced by Fortitude International’s Nadine de Barros and Mammoth Entertainment’s Todd Courtney, along with RBL Studios’ Michelle Lang, Zed Filmworks’ Robert Menzies and Skywolf Media’s Lisa Wolofsky.

Saban Films' Jonathan Saba and Bill Bromiley are executive producing along with financiers Hans Hufschmid and Courtney in addition to Brandon James, Alastair Burlingham, The Film House's Ryan R. Johnson, Windy Hill Pictures' Buddy Patrick, Gary Raskin, Ben Rosenblatt, Kyle Stroud and Ingenious Media’s Peter Touche and Samantha Allwinton.

Fatman is currently set to release Nov. 17.

Watch the full trailer below.