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Red One Release Date, Cast, And Plot - What We Know So Far

It feels like it's been too long since a new classic holiday film has come around. Films like "The Santa Clause" or "A Charlie Brown Christmas" have stood the test of time as traditional flicks to put on during the holiday season, but new additions come along rarely. Now, Amazon is promising to add their own addition to the genre: Currently operating under the working title of "Red One," the film enlists the talent of "Jumanji" director Jake Kasdan for a new twist on the standard Christmas flick formula.

At this time, Amazon is being extra-secretive when it comes to details for this project. While the company has announced a prospective release window, and even let slip the name of its biggest star, it has been anything but forthcoming in regards to the plot. Nevertheless, the idea that Amazon could give us the next great holiday film warrants some attention. With that in mind, here is what we know so far about "Red One."

What is the release date for Red One?

At the moment, "Red One" is still very much in the early stages. Amazon only grabbed the project for its streaming services in June, and since then, Seven Bucks Productions and Jake Kasdan's own The Detective Agency have been spearheading production. According to Variety, they plan to shoot the film in 2022 so that it can be released over the holidays in 2023. For now, that's the closest we have to a release date.

However, a lot can happen to disrupt the film's production process between now and then, and the film's cast and crew will need to work hard to make that 2023 deadline. Luckily for "Red One," everything is going smoothly so far, and it seems that Amazon Studios chief Jennifer Salke feels confident, telling Variety that "Seven Bucks Productions is a leader in creating unique and compelling entertainment for the entire family, and we know Red One will continue that tradition."

Who is in the cast for Red One?

So far, Amazon has only let loose one of the big names set to be in the cast for "Red One," but it's a big one. Reuniting with director James Kasden from their time making "Jumanji," Dwayne Johnson is slated to star in the upcoming film. 

Unfortunately, Amazon has not revealed who the actor formerly known as "The Rock" is set to play. However, The Hollywood Reporter speculates that it could very well be Santa Claus himself, though Amazon has provided no way to verify this. What is known is that Johnson seems eager to work on this project. He told Variety that he's "been very impressed with Jen Salke and her team's vision and ambition to create an enormous, fun and unique 'Red One' holiday universe for families around the world to enjoy."

It's likely that Johnson will be the only cast member we know about for a while, until the film gets deeper into production. However, you can be certain that Amazon will release more names in the future, as "Red One" slowly but surely approaches its release date. Until then, speculation is as good as anybody is going to get, though that would be much easier if Amazon had revealed any telling story details.

What is the plot of Red One?

Holiday films are rarely mysteries, but the plot of "Red One" is. Not in the sense that the film is part of the mystery genre, but in the sense that Amazon has released zero concrete details regarding its plot. Based on a story devised by producer Hiram Garcia, the film is being sold as "a globe-trotting, four-quadrant action-adventure comedy," and "a whole new universe to explore within the holiday genre." These are big promises, but for now, there's no concrete info to dig into.

Nevertheless, it's clear that Amazon is building up "Red One" to be something quite different in the holiday movie genre, and it's hard to argue against that when so little is known. As a result, the only expectations that viewers can have are the high ones set by Amazon itself, and it remains to be seen if the actual movie will deliver.