The moms for Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn’s characters have been cast for the Bad Moms sequel, Bad Moms Christmas. Released in July last year, Bad Moms was surprise runaway hit at the domestic box office, earning more than $113 million against a $20 million budget. STX Entertainment clearly saw loads of potential for stories beyond the original film – a bawdy comedy about three over-burdened moms (Kunis, Bell and Hahn) who take back their freedom in outlandish ways – so the studio greenlighted Bad Moms Christmas in December, just before Christmas.
STX has now officially cast Susan Sarandon, Cheryl Hines and Christine Baranski to play the mothers of Hahn, Bell and Kunis, respectively in Bad Moms Christmas. Also joining the cast is Peter Gallagher and Justin Hartley, while Wanda Sykes, Jay Hernandez and David Walton will be reprising their roles from the original movie.
The sequel will follow Amy (Kunis), Kiki (Bell), and Carla (Hahn) as they each deal with their over-stressed moms during the Christmas holiday. Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, who co-wrote and co-directed Bad Moms, are back to co-write the script and co-direct Bad Moms Christmas. STX Chairman Adam Fogelson says of the production:
“Jon and Scott’s hilarious premise for ‘A Bad Moms Christmas’ will not only let fans continue their laugh out loud love affair with Mila, Kristen, and Kathryn’s relatable antics, but adding Peter, Justin, Cheryl, Christine and Susan, and the holidays to the equation is more than we could have hoped for as we continue this important franchise for STX Entertainment.”
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Bad Moms Christmas is filming in Atlanta and is slated for a November 2017 theatrical release. There was no additional word from STX on the Bad Moms spinoff Bad Dads, even though word surfaced back in October that it was pegged it for a July 2017 release (that is seemingly no longer the case).
In the meantime, Bad Moms fans should be thrilled at the casting of Sarandon, Hines, and Baranski in Bad Moms Christmas. Oscar-winner Sarandon is coming off a stellar performance as screen legend Bette Davis in the critically acclaimed limited series Feud: Bette and Joan; while Hines has proven her comedy chops time and again with roles in such TV series as Curb Your Enthusiasm, and more recently, Son of Zorn. Baranski, of course, has shown her gift for comedy for years, both on film (Mamma Mia!) and TV (The Big Bang Theory).
While Sarandon, Hines and Baranski clearly have the wherewithal to hit it out of the park in Bad Moms, they’re following a tough act. In a classy move at the end credits of Bad Moms, Kunis’, Bell’s and Hahn’s real moms appeared with their daughters to tell hilarious and poignant stories about their famous daughters.