Mariah Carey has officially dubbed it time for Christmas music, and Roku is following suit. In a first look at “Zoey’s Extraordinary Christmas” — the movie that will wrap up “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” after its cancellation earlier this year — Mo and Zoey are ringing in “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”
Granted, Zoey (Jane Levy) seems to be doing it a bit begrudgingly, as this is her first Christmas without her father, prompting Mo (Alex Newell) to promise that she won’t “rub my Christmas joy in your face.” Of course, that doesn’t exactly work when Zoey still has the ability to hear people’s heart songs. The Christmas joy is in Mo’s heart, and thus, becomes a song.
And, as “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” has been known to do, the show-stopping number is done all in one shot, according to series creator Austin Winsberg. You can watch the full number in the video above.
That said, “Zoey’s Extraordinary Christmas” won’t be made up of only Christmas songs.
“There are plenty of holiday songs in the movie, but I also still wanted to be able to use other big songs from big artists at the same time, so it’s a combo platter of popular songs and holiday songs,” Winsberg told EW. “Also, just because so many of the songs in the show have to deal with people’s internal needs and wants in the heart songs, it’s hard to find a ton of holiday songs that really speak to people’s internal needs and wants beyond just wanting to have a great Christmas.”
Winsberg added that the movie will once again feature a Taylor Swift song, though he did not specify which one.
And yes, the movie will follow through on expanding the Season 2 cliffhanger, which saw Max (Skylar Astin) also somehow gaining Zoey’s powers.
“It is a big part of the movie,” Winsberg added. “A lot of the movie is Zoey and Max now navigating their relationship with Max having the powers, the toll that the powers themselves take on their relationship, and what Max learns by having the powers.”
“Zoey’s Extraordinary Christmas” will premiere on Roku on Dec. 1, 2021.