James Franco, Martin Freeman & Amy Adams Host ‘Saturday Night Live’ in December

By November 20, 2014

This coming weekend, Cameron Diaz will host “Saturday Night Live” before the late night sketch show takes a break for the week of Thanksgiving. But when the show returns in December, they’re going to fire off three shows in a row, and they’ve just announced the trio of hosts to round out 2014.

First up, on December 6th, James Franco will return to host “SNL” for his third time. The actor has appeared on the show a couple times since he last hosted (in addition to releasing a documentary about the making of an episode), most notably when Seth Rogen hosted last season, but this is the first time he’s hosted since 2009. He’ll be joined by musical guest Nicki Minaj, which seems appropriate considering the joke made in the trailer for The Interview, arriving on Christmas:

The next week will bring a fresh host to Studio 8H with The Hobbit trilogy star Martin Freeman making his hosting debut on December 13th.  Freeman will be hosting the weekend before the final chapter in The Hobbit trilogy, The Battle of the Five Armies, hits theaters on December 17th, so hopefully we’ll see some kind of skewering of Middle-Earth on the show, and maybe some surprise guests from the film. Also making her “SNL” debut will be musical guest Charli XCX.

While Freeman may be better known for leading Peter Jackson’s latest fantasy trilogy, the actor has extensive comedy experience in films like The World’s End, What’s Your Number?, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Love Actually, and of course, the original British version of “The Office.” Also, Freeman loved flipping off the camera while shooting The Hobbit:

Finally, Amy Adams will return to “SNL” as host for a second time on December 20th, just in time to promote the Christmas Day release of Big Eyes, the new film from director Tim Burton. The last time Adams hosted was back in 2008, and she’s become an even bigger name since then with plenty of accolades and praise, not to mention a major role in the DC Comics cinematic universe as Lois Lane, who will soon be seen in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Adams has stuck with drama lately, but roles in Enchanted, The Muppets, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby have proven that she has skills in comedy too. And this show is bound to be a big one since the musical guest will be One Direction, so expect them to pop up in a sketch that night too. In the meantime, check out Amy Adams playing Catchphrase on Jimmy Fallon last year:

That’s a hell of a set of hosts to close out 2014 for the 40th season of “Saturday Night Live” and I’ll be here for each one to recap all the sketches. Stay tuned to see how these shows turn out.

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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.