Archie Yates (Jojo Rabbit), Ellie Kemper (The Office), and Rob Delaney (Deadpool 2) have signed on to star in the Disney+ Home Alone reboot.
According to Variety, Yates will not be playing the role of Kevin McAllister famously played by Macaulay Culkin in the original film and it’s sequel. Yates will play a new character that follows a similar premise of the original.
The new Home Alone film will follow a husband (Delaney) and wife (Kemper) who go to war with a young boy, Max, who has stolen from them. Max is an energetic, witty nine-year-old boy with a mischievous side. He feels wise beyond his years and has the personality to easily converse with adults—plus the uncanny ability to relentlessly push their buttons. But, he also displays a sense of innocence and a kind heart, much like the original protagonist.
Dirty Grandpa director Dan Mazer is set to direct the reboot, with Saturday Night Live veterans Mikey Day and Streeter Seidel writing the script. Hutch Parker (Logan) and Dan Wilson (Patriots Day) are producing, with the studio looking to begin filming next February.
Released in 1990, Home Alone starred Macaulay Culkin as 8-year-old Kevin McAllister as he protects his house from a pair of burglars, played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern after he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation. The film would go on to gross over $475 million at the global box office and would spawn a sequel Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, with the cast of the first film returning. Three more sequels have since followed, but they wouldn’t catch the magic of the first two films.