Holiday tale: Two singers, one swinger


Jon Favreau and country music stars Tim McGraw and Dwight Yoakam are hoppin' in the saddle with Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn for New Line Cinema's romantic comedy "Four Christmases."

Favreau and McGraw will play Dallas and Denver, respectively, two bullying siblings who delight in tormenting their brother, Brad (Vaughn), during the holidays.

Yoakam will play Pastor Phil, the overly zealous partner of Brad's new wife Kate's (Witherspoon) mother (Mary Steenburgen). He persuades the young couple to act in his church's nativity play, one of many chaotic events during their visits to different sets of parents.

Sissy Spacek, Kristin Chenoweth and Robert Duvall also star in the Spyglass Entertainment production for director Seth Gordon.

Matt Allen and Caleb Wilson wrote the original screenplay, with revisions by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. Jonathan Glickman, Roger Birnbaum and Gary Barber are producing the film with Witherspoon and Vaughn.

"Christmases" is set for release during next year's holiday season. Michael Disco and Mark Kaufman are overseeing production for New Line.

Favreau appeared with Vaughn in 1993's "Rudy" before their careers took off as co-stars in 1996's "Swingers." The friends later reunited for "Made" (which Favreau also directed) and "The Break-Up." Favreau is repped by CAA and attorney Geoff Oblath.

Between recording albums and touring with wife Faith Hill, McGraw has appeared in such features as "Friday Night Lights" and "The Kingdom." Yoakam has a more extensive screen resume, taking supporting roles in "Sling Blade," "Panic Room," "Hollywood Homicide" and "Wedding Crashers."

McGraw is repped by CAA and manager Scott Simon. Yoakam is repped by WMA.