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Actor Mel Gibson poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Daddys Home 2', in London, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017.

SALT LAKE CITY — Mel Gibson is suiting up to play Santa Claus.

Gibson will play a wacky, dark and rowdy version of Santa Claus in the upcoming film “Fatman,” which will be a dark comedy Christmas film, The Hollywood Reporter explains.

"Fatman" centers around a spoiled child who hires a hitman to kill Santa Claus, who is fighting off business decline. That’s it. That’s the plot.

Ian and Eshom Nelms (“Small Town Crime,” “Waffle Street,” "Lost on Purpose") will direct the film.

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  • “This rowdy Santa tale is a film we’ve been excited to make for some time and we’re thrilled to have equally passionate partners in Rough House and Fortitude who carry the same fire!” said Eshom and Ian Nelms, according to Variety.
  • "I am excited to be working with the incredibly talented Nelms Brothers who have written a unique, highly entertaining script," said producer Nadine de Barros, according to THR. "Mel is the perfect choice as Kris Kringle like we've never seen him before. I couldn't be more thrilled to watch this darkly comedic Christmas film come to life."

"Fatman" will begin filming in Canada in 2020. It will reportedly be up for sale at the Cannes Film Festival, according to Fox News.