22/11/2012 04:51 GMT

James Corden To Play Santa In 'School For Santas' Film

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.

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James Corden will play Santa

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.