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Kathy Bates to Play Billy Bob Thornton’s Foul-Mouthed Mom in ‘Bad Santa 2’

Mark Waters (”Mean Girls“) will direct the sequel for Miramax and Broad Green Pictures

Kathy Bates is set to play Billy Bob Thornton‘s foul-mouthed mother in “Bad Santa 2,” TheWrap has learned.

“Mean Girls” director Mark Waters (“Mean Girls”) will direct the sequel, which was written by “Entourage” creator Doug Ellin, Johnny Rosenthal and Shauna Cross.

Tony Cox and Brett Kelly are reprising their roles, though plot details are being kept under wraps.

“Bad Santa 2” will be co-financed by Miramax and Broad Green Pictures, with the latter company handling its release next year. Production will start in January in Montreal.

Geyer Kosinski and Andrew Gunn will produce “Bad Santa 2,” while Waters and Ellin will serve as executive producer alongside Jessica Tuchinsky, Miramax’s Zanne Devine and David Thwaites, and Broad Green principals Gabriel and Daniel Hammond. Former Miramax executive Adam Fields is also expected to have an EP credit on the finished film, according to insiders.

Bates is an Oscar-winning actress who currently stars on “American Horror Story: Hotel.” She’ll soon begin filming a supporting role in Xavier Dolan‘s drama “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan.”