David Harbour’s Santa Cleans Up the Naughty List in the Action-Packed “Violent Night” Trailer

David Harbour’s Santa Cleans Up the Naughty List in the Action-Packed “Violent Night” Trailer

Violent Night poster featuring David Harbour as Santa Claus

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Santa Claus is coming to town — and he’s packing more than coal.

In “Violent Night,” David Harbour stars as Santa Claus, but he’s not the jolly, giant softy most people would expect. This version of Santa isn’t afraid to turn into an action hero and unlock the murderous potential of holiday decorations in order to save the day. In the trailer released Oct. 5, Santa is delivering presents on what seems like another normal Christmas Eve when a team of mercenaries breaks into the home of a wealthy family. Thankfully, the family’s little girl received a very special gift: a radio her parents told her would give her a direct line to Santa Claus. When it works, Santa vows to save the girl and her family, no matter what it takes. The bad guys never see Old Saint Nick coming.

Harbour rose to prominence thanks to his role on “Stranger Things,” but he’s also been making a name for himself as an action hero. He appeared in 2016’s “Suicide Squad,” portrayed Hellboy in the titular film in 2019, and joined the MCU in 2019’s “Black Widow.” He’ll reprise that role as the Red Guardian in 2024’s “Thunderbolts.” He’s also set to appear in the upcoming video-game adaptation “Gran Turismo” and, of course, the highly anticipated final season of “Stranger Things.”

“Violent Night” also stars John Leguizamo as the leader of the mercenaries, and in the trailer, he and Harbour’s Santa go head to head. Ahead, watch the “Violent Night” trailer and get all the info you need about this Christmastime action flick.

“Violent Night” Trailer

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“Violent Night” Release Date

“Violent Night” will be released in theaters Dec. 2. No streaming date has been announced, but since it’s Universal, you can expect it to appear on Peacock some time after its release.

“Violent Night” Cast

In addition to Harbour and Leguizamo, the cast also includes Beverly D’Angelo, Alex Hassell, Alexis Louder, Edi Patterson, Cam Gigandet, and André Eriksen.