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‘Violent Night’ trailer: David Harbor is Santa Claus in the action movie

David Harbor bolsters his badass resume in the first trailer for ‘Violent Night,’ a holiday thriller starring the ‘Stranger Things’ star as Santa Claus.

Under the direction of Norwegian filmmaker Tommy Wirkola, Harbor plays a grizzly, sadder version of Kris Kringle, who is anything but cheerful in the trailer. On Christmas Eve, (Not-So) Saint Nick encounters a family held hostage by a team of mercenaries and is forced to take matters into his own hands.

Harbor is joined by an ensemble that includes Cam Gigandet, Beverly D’Angelo and John Leguizamo. The screenplay was written by Pat Casey and Josh Miller, who previously wrote the first and second live-action “Sonic the Hedgehog” films.

A exclusive screening from “Violent Night” will premiere to audiences at New York Comic Con on October 7, nearly two months before the film’s premiere. Harbor first announced the project at CinemaCon in April, where the actor addressed a packed house at Caesar’s Palace.

“Who doesn’t love a great action movie, right?” Harbor asked the crowd of convention attendees by Syfy. “And the Christmas movies? So what about a movie that’s both a great action movie and the greatest Christmas movie? ‘Die hard.’ Damn ‘Die Hard’. Now, what if… wait a minute, wait a minute. What if twisted director Tommy Wirkola and badass producers at 87North, you know, the maniacs who made ‘Atomic Blonde’ and ‘John Wick’ and ‘Nobody’ and ‘Hobbs [&] Shaw,’ were behind all this? And, wait a minute, how about I play the fucking Santa?

“Violent Night” hits theaters on December 2, kicking off the holiday season by spreading joy and drawing blood. Watch the full trailer below.