By James Hibberd
October 07, 2020 at 10:00 AM EDT
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Mel Gibson is a broke, bitter, hard-drinking, gun-touting Santa Claus in the first trailer for the upcoming film Fatman.

"I don't know what I'm doing wrong, I've lost my influence," mourns Gibson's Father Christmas in the EW exclusive video above. "All I have is a loathing for a world that's forgotten."

In this dark action comedy, Chris Cringle's "business" is in decline so Santa enters into a partnership with the U.S. military for extra cash. Meanwhile, Santa gets "locked into a deadly battle of wits against a highly-skilled assassin (Walton Goggins), hired by a precocious 12-year-old who received a lump of coal in his stocking."

"I've come for your head, fatman!" warns Goggins' assassin in the trailer.

"You think you're the first?!" shoots back Santa. "You think I got this job because I'm fat and jolly?"

There are also gunfights, menacing reindeer, a decrepit sleigh, and gluttonous elves.

Fatman is from writer-directors Eshom Nelms and Ian Nelms (Waffle Street).

Gibson, who has returned to working in Hollywood films in recent years, is next attached to direct an update of the movie Wild Bunch for Warner. Bros. His take on a bad Santa is in select theaters Nov. 13 and on digital Nov. 17.

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