Funnyman James Corden has found his Christmas has come early after he landed a new movie role playing Santa.
The 'Gavin & Stacey' star will play a down-on-his-luck father who "needs to find his inner Father Christmas to win back his kids" in the film 'School For Santas.
It will reunite him with writer Richard Bean - the playwright behind stage farce 'One Man, Two Guvnors', which gave James a best actor trophy at the Tony Awards - who will script the new film, being made by Working Title.
James, who has been shooting the movie 'One Chance', about 'Britain's Got Talent' winner Paul Potts, said: "All my life I've wanted to make a big family Christmas movie.
"To be making one with a company like Working Title Films is a dream come true."
Tim Bevan, who heads Working Title Films, said his company has "always loved Christmas and School For Santas feels like a gift".
It is due to start shooting next year in New York and London.