Community's Joel McHale lands next movie role in horror take on It's a Wonderful Life

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Community star Joel McHale lands horror roleRandy Shropshire - Getty Images

Community star Joel McHale is set to star in a festive horror reimagining of 1946 classic It's A Wonderful Life, titled It's A Wonderful Knife.

The slasher will also see Yellowjackets' Jane Widdop take the lead role as Winnie Carruthers, with McHale starring as her father, David. Barbarian and Tusk's Justin Long will appear as the town's pastor Mr Waters.

The film, which will begin sales at Cannes, was written by Freaky's Michael Kennedy, who also serves as an executive producer for the picture.

A synopsis reads: "The story is set in idyllic Angel Falls. A year after saving her town from a psychotic killer on Christmas Eve, Winnie Carruthers’ life is less than wonderful — but when she wishes she’d never been born, she finds herself in a nightmare parallel universe and discovers that without her, things could be much, much worse.

"Now the killer is back, and she must team up with the town misfit to identify the killer and get back to her own reality."

Directed by Tragedy Girls' Tyler MacIntyre, It's A Wonderful Knife is now in post-production, with a North American theatrical release set to be announced soon, though there is no news yet whether it will be heading to the UK.

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Sarah Lebutsch, MD International Sales at Independent Entertainment which is producing the film, said: "We couldn’t be more excited to be launching It's A Wonderful Knife at this year’s Cannes film market, partnering for the first time with Seth Caplan and Divide/Conquer, whose track records on the genre space speak for themselves.

"Michael Kennedy’s outstanding script delivers a roller coaster ride horror audiences around the world will love, and Tyler’s excellent direction combined with our charismatic cast will make for a truly fun Christmas horror to be revisited again and again in holiday seasons to come."

Caplan added: "I can’t wait to share this project with audiences. It’s an incredibly fun and emotionally satisfying film that packs heart-stopping thrills and unexpected twists into a surprisingly poignant theme that will entertain audiences this holiday season and for many more to come."

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Freaky, released in 2020Universal Pictures

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Adam Hendricks and Greg Gilreath from Divide/Conquer said they were "captivated" by Kennedy's "remarkable creativity" while working on 2020 comedy slasher Freaky, which starred Kathryn Newton and Vince Vaughn.

"Collaborating with Tyler Macintyre, a promising rising talent in the genre filmmaking industry, to bring together Michael's unique fusion of horror and comedy is truly an honour," they added in a statement.

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