It’s hard to believe this, but Eddie Murphy has never starred in a holiday movie until now. Following the Netflix comedy, You People, Prime Video’s Candy Cane Lane will be his first Christmas feature. In celebration, Prime Video has released the trailer for the upcoming holiday movie, providing a first look at Murphy’s magical holiday adventure.
As seen in the trailer above, Eddie Murphy stars in this holiday comedy adventure about a man on a mission to win his neighborhood’s annual Christmas home decoration contest. After Chris (Eddie Murphy) inadvertently makes a deal with a mischievous elf named Pepper (Jillian Bell) to better his chances of winning, she casts a magic spell that brings the 12 Days of Christmas to life and wreaks havoc on the whole town. At the risk of ruining the holidays for his family, Chris, his wife Carol (Tracee Ellis Ross), and their three children must race against the clock to break Pepper’s spell, battle deviously magical characters, and save Christmas for everyone.
In a previous statement when the film was announced, Huldin stated, “I can’t wait for the world to see Candy Cane Lane. I’ve wanted to make a Christmas movie my whole life, but I wanted to do something fresh and surprising. Eddie Murphy and this hilarious cast really bring the funny, it’s super Christmas-y, and it will hit you right in the feels.”
Inspired by screenwriter Kelly Younger’s own holiday experiences on Candy Cane Lane in El Segundo, California, the movie also Tracee Ellis Ross also stars as Murphy’s wife, with Thaddeus J. Mixson, Ken Marino, Nick Offerman, Robin Thede, Chris Redd, Genneya Walton, Madison Thomas, Anjelah Johnson-Reyes, Lombardo Boyar, D.C. Young Fly, Danielle Pinnock, Timothy Simons, Riki Lindhome and Stephen Tobolowsky also among the cast.
The film also reunites Murphy with his Boomerang director Reginald Hudlin. Kelly Younger wrote the film, while Murphy, Brian Grazer, Karen Lunder and Charisse Hewitt-Webster serve as producers. Doug Merrifield executive produces.
The movie premieres globally on Prime Video December 1, 2023