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‘A Christmas Story Christmas’

It’s a significant award! The trailer for A Christmas Story Christmas — HBO Max’s sequel to the beloved 1983 vacation movie — has arrived.

Die-hard followers, anticipating leg lamp repeats and BB gun callbacks, will first be excited by what number of acquainted faces are within the two-minute teaser, which follows an grownup Ralphie (Peter Billingsley, reprising his most iconic function) bringing his family again to Cleveland Road to have fun the vacations like solely his Outdated Man may.

Ralphie’s curmudgeonly however lovable father — a person who may weave “a tapestry of obscenity that, so far as we all know, remains to be hanging in area over Lake Michigan,” as Jean Shepherd narrates within the unique movie — appears to have handed away. (Darren McGavin, who portrayed Mr. Parker in A Christmas Story, died in 2006 at age 83.) As Ralphie and his mates Schwartz and Flick (each performed by their unique actors, RD Robb and Scott Schwartz, respectively) pay tribute to the late patriarch at Flick’s Tavern, the blue-eyed protagonist begins to marvel how he’s going to step into his dad’s footwear and create as magical of a vacation as his father did for him. “I recommend you begin consuming’ and don’t cease ’til New 12 months’s,” Flick — who famously caught his tongue to a frozen flagpole within the 1983 movie — advises.

Chock-full of references to the beloved unique (which relies on late raconteur Jean Shepherd’s In God We Belief, All Others Pay Money), the trailer additionally options fan-favorite characters like Ralphie’s little brother, Randy (a job reprised by the now-grown Ian Petrella) and native bully Scutt Farkus, who’s now a police officer (and performed by unique actor Zack Ward). Mrs. Parker, Ralphie’s mother, can be again for an additional Parker household Christmas, although this time she is portrayed by Julie Hagerty as an alternative of Melinda Dillon.

Whereas the setting is identical — and followers get a glimpse of Higbee’s, the division retailer the place Ralphie famously requested Santa Claus for an “official Purple Ryder, carbine motion, 200-shot, vary mannequin air rifle, with a compass within the inventory and this factor that tells time,” in addition to the Parker household house — the primary full have a look at the movie additionally introduces a number of new characters: Ralphie’s spouse, Sandy (Erinn Hayes), his younger daughter Julie (Julianna Layne) and son Mark (River Drosche) in addition to the proprietor of these well-known Bumpus hounds, neighbor Delbert Bumpus himself (Davis Murphy).

A Christmas Story Christmas premieres November 17 on HBO Max.