Here's a guide to the Eddie Murphy-led Christmas film, including the cast and release date
Candy Cane Lane is going to make you want to swap the popcorn for a sweet treat!
Amazon is giving Christmas-movie lovers an early present this season with the release of its holiday original in early December.
Eddie Murphy stars in the film as Chris, a man who finds himself in quite the yuletide pickle after making a Christmas wish that brings some unwanted consequences. According to a synopsis of the film, he's "on a mission to win his neighborhood’s annual Christmas home decoration contest."
Murphy, who's making his holiday-genre debut, stars alongside Tracee Ellis Ross, who plays his wife in the festive film directed by Reginald Hudlin (who previously worked with Murphy on his 1992 movie Boomerang).
"I can say confidently you've never seen a holiday movie like this," Hudlin told PEOPLE in an exclusive first-look interview in October. "We have jump scares, car chases and kung-fu fighting, plus all the holiday feels."
"I can’t wait for the world to see Candy Cane Lane," Hudlin previously said in a statement. "I’ve wanted to make a Christmas movie my whole life, but I wanted to do something fresh and surprising."
Here's everything to know about Candy Cane Lane.
What is Candy Cane Lane about?
According to the official film synopsis, Candy Cane Lane is a "holiday comedy adventure about a man on a mission to win his neighborhood’s annual Christmas home decoration contest and inadvertently makes a deal with a mischievous elf that brings the 12 Days of Christmas to life."
He makes a deal with a "mischievous elf" named Pepper (Jillian Bell) to better his chances at winning the competition when she casts a "magic spell that brings the 12 Days of Christmas to life and wreaks havoc on the whole town."
In order to save Christmas, Chris needs to work with his wife Carol (Tracee Ellis Ross) and their three kids "to break Pepper’s spell, battle deviously magical characters," the synopsis adds.
"I can say confidently you've never seen a holiday movie like this!" Hudlin previously told PEOPLE. "We have jump scares, car chases and kung-fu fighting, plus all the holiday feels."
Who is in the cast of Candy Cane Lane?
Murphy stars as Chris and Ross stars as his wife Carol in Candy Cane Lane. The duo spoke with PEOPLE exclusively about why they decided to take on the holiday project.
“I read the script and I was like, ‘This is charming. This is very charming and really cute and I love the people,” Ellis Ross told PEOPLE. “And there was magic, the element of magic. There's special effects. And Eddie Murphy was in it. Eddie Murphy was in it, and Eddie Murphy was in it. And then because Eddie Murphy was in it, I was like, ‘This might be fun.’”
Ellis Ross said they hit it off on day one. “The first day of work, he said, ‘Hello,’ and he said my full name, ‘Tracee Ellis Ross.’ And that was it.”
In addition to Murphy and Ross, Candy Cane Lane features a star-studded cast.
Among them include Thaddeus J. Mixson, Ken Marino, Nick Offerman, Robin Thede, Chris Redd, Genneya Walton, Madison Thomas, D.C. Young Fly, Riki Lindhome, Anjelah Johnson-Reyes, Lombardo Boyar, Danielle Pinnock and Timothy Simons.
Is there a trailer for Candy Cane Lane?
The first official trailer for Candy Cane Lane was released on Oct. 12, giving viewers an inside look into the Christmas magic that's to come when the holiday film premieres in December.
The clip introduces Murphy in the role of Chris, a Christmas-loving father who throws himself into winning his neighborhood's house-decorating contest. In fact, he stops at nothing to come out on top — even if that means accepting a magical wish offered by a pushy elf, played by Bell.
If the film is anything like the nearly one-and-a-half minute teaser, it's sure to be festive, funny and action-packed. Plus, the competitive edge in Murphy's character will keep viewers on their (mistle)toes!
The full official trailer for the film was released on Nov. 8.
Where to watch Candy Cane Lane?
Candy Cane Lane is an Amazon original; therefore, the holiday film will be exclusively available to watch on its corresponding streamer: Prime Video.
When does Candy Cane Lane premiere?
Candy Cane Lane premieres on Dec. 1, 2023.
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