Jojo Rabbit‘s Archie Yates to lead Disney+ Home Alone reboot
Staff Reporter | On 12, Dec 2019Reading time: 2 mins
After rumours and speculation of a reboot being in the works at Disney+, the House of Mouse has confirmed that a new Home Alone is officially on the way – and not only that, but it’s found its new lead star.
The original 1990 film, directed by Chris Columbus, starred Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister, a young boy who is accidentally left at home by his family when they go off to Paris for the Christmas holidays. Left to his own devices, he lives off pizza, tries out aftershave and, in between all that, manages to fend off two burglars (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern) who are trying to break into the empty houses in the neighbourhood. The movie has since become a staple Christmas favourite, along with its 1992 sequel. Multiple other entries have followed not starring Macauley Culkin and have increasingly snapped the franchise of festive spirit. Nonetheless, the name and associations of the first film have proven strong enough to spark Disney’s interest in rebooting the series, having acquired the rights to the franchise in its merger with Fox.
Now, Jojo Rabbit breakout Archie Yates has been confirmed as starring in the movie. And, just as you can feel your resistance start to crumble, Ellie Kemper and Rob Delaney have also been cast. While the name Home Alone is being used at present, a new title is expected to come into play, and the story will differ too: Kemper and Delaney‘s wife and husband will go to war with a child who has stolen a priceless heirloom to save their home from financial ruin.
Dan Mazer (Dirty Grandpa) will direct from a script by Saturday Night Live veterans Mikey Day and Streeter Seidell. Hutch Parker and Dan Wilson will produce, and filming will start early next year.