Get Santa, the new family Christmas film from Scott Free Productions, starring Jim Broadbent.
An open casting was held to find the boy to play the lead role, and nine year old Kit Connor from London scooped the role. He will star alongside Rafe Spall as his father Steve, and Jim Broadbent as Santa.
Kit (represented by Mark Jermin Management) played Archie in CBBC's Rocket Island and also appeared in Doctor Who - An Adventure in Space and Time and Channel 4 comedy Chickens.
Here's the synopsis:
Steve Anderson hasn't always been the perfect father. It's tough to be
when you're in prison for driving the getaway car in an attempted jewel
But Steve served his time and getting out just before Christmas provides
him with the perfect occasion to reconnect with his son, Tom. It's
been three years, it won't be easy, but he his willing to do whatever it
takes to win Tom over.
One evening Steve gets a call from Tom: an old man claiming to be Santa
is in his garage. He's crashed his sleigh, lost his reindeer and needs
their help to get home. And just when Steve things it can't get any
worse, "Santa" gets arrested for a failed attempt at rescuing his
Not quite believing, but wanting to do the best for Tom, Steve
reluctantly agrees to help. Together they must find Rudolph, befriend
the elves, break Santa out of prison, all this while outrunning Steve's
tyrannical parole officer. Will they be able to save Christmas in time?
Written and directed by Christopher Smith, produced by Liza Marshall of Scott Free London and executive produced by Ridley Scott, cast by Dixie Chassay, Get Santa is expected to be released in time for Christmas 2014.