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Billy Bob Thornton to star in `Bad Santa 2`

Updated: Mar 20, 2011, 09:31 AM IST

Los Angeles: Actor Billy Bob Thornton is in talks to reprise his foul-mouthed character in the sequel to `Bad Santa`.

"We feel that it`s a Christmas perennial for the R-rated crowd. Everyone loves the character and Billy Bob’s excited to be in talks with us," a Weinstein Company spokesperson told TheWrap.

The Oscar-nominated actor has made no secret of his desire to play the alcoholic, safe-cracking department store Claus again, but it seems that a deal will now happen sooner rather than later.

In December, Miramax announced that it would partner with the Weinstein Company on a follow up to ‘Bad Santa,’ as well as sequels to ‘Swingers’ and ‘Rounders.’