They will be working towards creating a magical invention. If they can get the invention to work on time, it could change their lives forever.
Netflix’s first live-action original musical is building up and they are adding some great names to their cast list, making it a must watch already, reports Deadline. The upcoming Netflix Christmas movie Jingle Jangle stars so many talented actors and the cast list that was announced recently might just knock your socks off. Netflix’s Strong Black Lead Twitter account revealed that Phylicia Rashad (Creed, This Is Us), Keegan-Michael Key (Key and Peele, The Lion King), Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls, The Princess and the Frog), and Madalen Mills (School of Rock: The Musical) have been added to the Jingle Jangle cast.
They will join Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) who will be playing the role of a toymaker named Jeronicus Jangle in the musical. Mills will play Journey, Jeronicus's granddaughter. They will be working towards creating a magical invention. If they can get the invention to work on time, it could change their lives forever. It already sounds so exciting, and with the cast, it must be one helluva movie!
Jingle Jangle is written and directed by David E. Talbert (Almost Christmas, Baggage Claim), and produced by none other than John Legend, along with Mike Jackson, Kristin Burr, David McIlvain, and Lyn Sisson-Talbert. Netflix got rights to the movie back in December 2017 and is now in the pre-production stage. The musical is expected to release sometime in 2020. Will we be able to wait till then, though?
As I said, it is a movie with a magical invention and Netflix confirms it! In a press release that went out last October, Netflix provided the following logline for the movie: A cobblestone world comes to life in the event holiday musical tale of an embattled toymaker, his precocious granddaughter, and a magical invention, that if they can get it to work in time for the holidays, could change their lives forever.
Netflix and Christmas have a great connection, with amazing movies coming out during the holiday season. They dropped a gem last year, called the Christmas Chronicles. According to Collider: The film focuses on siblings Kate (Darby Camp) and Teddy (Judah Lewis), who have grown apart after their father’s death. With Teddy firmly on the track to juvenile delinquency and Kate one misplaced video tape away from getting some snitch-stitches, the brother and sister are at each other’s throats… until Kate catches a glimpse of Santa on her camcorder and the two get swept up in an adventure to save Christmas.
Then again, Christmas Chronicles was not the only movie that Netflix gifted us with for the holidays. There was A Christmas Prince, where this girl goes to cover a story to the kingdom of Aldovia and ends up falling in love with the Prince. Does that happen to us in real life? Not unless, of course, you're Meghan Markle. For Christmas, you want movies that make you feel all warm and cuddly.
Then, there was The Princess Switch, which is one of their most delightful sugar-spun holiday confections yet. Vanessa Hudgens stars in dual roles as a Stacey, a Chicago baker, and Margaret, Duchess of the fictional kingdom of Montenaro. When the two identical women meet by happenstance one day at a royal baking competition, they concoct a plan to change identities and accidentally wind up falling in love while living out their body swap fantasies. It’s a three-for-the-price-of-one fantasy story! You get a royal romance, a best friend romance, and an identity swap comedy all cooked up in one scrumptious and light holiday confection.
Finally, there was The Holiday Calendar, which plays on the tropes of the Christmas romance genre to fly in the face of the “handsome perfect guy sweeps average lady off her feet” archetype in favor of a whimsical tale of realizing love was right in front of you all along. When photographer Abby Sutton (Kat Graham) receives an old-fashioned advent calendar from her grandfather, something strange keeps happening — every day she pulls a new figurine and something happens in her real life to match, each new piece leading her to the handsome doctor she can’t stop running into (Ethan Peck), but when their chemistry doesn’t spark, she realizes she might have been reading the clues wrong.