Bruce Willis tackles another villain at Christmas in new movie

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Bruce Willis fights Christmas villain in new movieLionsgate

Bruce Willis will butt heads with Christmas-threatening goons in next month's Detective Knight: Redemption.

Part two of an action movie trilogy – the Halloween-themed original was subtitled Rogue while January 2023's closing piece is Independence – this one is scheduled for release in the US on Friday, December 9, while a UK release date is yet to be announced.

All three were filmed before the Die Hard actor's retirement.

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Lochlyn Munro (Riverdale), Corey Large (Paradise City), Miranda Edwards (Snowpiercer), Beau Mirchoff (Narcos: Mexico) and Paul Johansson (One Tree Hill) co-star in Redemption, with co-writer Edward Drake in the director's chair.

An official synopsis reads: "In custody in New York, Knight finds himself in the middle of a jailbreak led by The Christmas Bomber, a brutal fanatic whose Santa Claus disciples are terrorising the city.

"With the promised return of his badge in exchange for taking out the terrorists, the steely-eyed Knight doles out mercy for the just... and merciless justice for all the rest."

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Willis's Hollywood exit was first announced back in March this year, with his daughter Rumer sharing a statement on Instagram.

"As a family we wanted to share that our beloved Bruce has been experiencing some health issues and has recently been diagnosed with aphasia, which is impacting his cognitive abilities," it read.

"As a result of this and with much consideration, Bruce is stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him. This is a really challenging time for our family and we are so appreciative of your continued love, compassion and support. We are moving through this as a strong family unit, and wanted to bring his fans in because we know how much he means to you, as you do to him."

Detective Knight: Redemption lands in select US cinemas on December 9, while a UK release date is yet to be announced.

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