George Clooney, Amy Poehler & More Join Sofia Coppola & Bill Murray’s Christmas Special

By March 19, 2015

Last fall, we learned that Bill Murray was reteaming with his Lost in Translation director Sofia Coppola for some kind of original Christmas special, and that project has just gained some more star power.

THR has learned that the musical Christmas special, which is slated to arrive for the 2015 holiday season, has also gained George Clooney, Amy Poehler, Miley Cyrus and Maya Rudolph. Here’s hoping Cyrus keeps it classy instead of sticking her tongue out and grinding on Christmas trees.

There still aren’t many new details on the project, but one story detail says it will follow Murray, who doesn’t have an agent or a manager for his career in real life, as he evades the advances of a sleazy Hollywood type trying to sign him. That sounds like it could be fun, but it has a lot to live up to:

Much like Murray, all the new additions to the special will be appearing as themselves (and some will sing Christmas carols). As of now, there’s no indication as to where it will air either since a deal for distribution is still being worked out. Coppola is a little more alternative when it comes to her filmmaking style, so I’m not sure this will end up on a network like NBC or ABC. But with this kind of starpower (and likely more in store) anything is possible.

As for what else we can expect, when the project first surfaced, Murray said, “It’s not going to be live. We’re going to do it like a little movie. It won’t have a format, but it’s going to have music. It will have texture. It will have threads through it that are writing. There will be prose. It will have a patina style and wit to it. It will be nice.”

And Coppola gave us hopes of seeing Murray belt out some Christmas carols as she said, “My motivation is to hear him singing my song requests.” While we probably won’t see Nick the Lounge Singer make an appearance, having Murray sing is always a treat. Now if we could just get him to do a duet with Will Ferrell, that would be incredible.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.