Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg have some new father figures in their lives. EW has confirmed that veteran actors Mel Gibson and John Lithgow have closed deals to join the sequel to the paternal comedy Daddy’s Home.
Released by Paramount in 2015, the original film starred Ferrell as a mild-mannered stepdad who feuded — and eventually reconciled — with his wife’s macho ex (Wahlberg). In the sequel, Gibson and Lithgow will play Wahlberg and Ferrell’s respective fathers, whose mutual presence threatens to derail Christmas for their blended families.
Sean Anders will once again direct, working from a script he wrote with John Morris.
Gibson has acted sporadically of late, most recently appearing in Blood Father and The Expendables 3. He also directed the World War II drama Hacksaw Ridge, which is nominated for six Oscars, including best picture, director, and actor.
Lithgow meanwhile just won a SAG Award for playing Winston Churchill in the Netflix series The Crown.
Deadline Hollywood first reported the news.