Santa role a gift for Corden

Funnyman James Corden has found his Christmas has come early after he landed a new movie role playing Santa.

The Gavin & Stacey star will play a down-on-his-luck father who "needs to find his inner Father Christmas to win back his kids" in the film School For Santas.

It will reunite him with writer Richard Bean - the playwright behind stage farce One Man, Two Guvnors, which gave James a best actor trophy at the Tony Awards - who will script the new film, being made by Working Title.

James, who has been shooting the movie One Chance, about Britain's Got Talent winner Paul Potts, said: "All my life I've wanted to make a big family Christmas movie.

"To be making one with a company like Working Title Films is a dream come true."

Tim Bevan, who heads Working Title Films, said his company has "always loved Christmas and School For Santas feels like a gift".

It is due to start shooting next year in New York and London.