The beloved lead character in Fox’s upcoming live musical has been cast. The network’s presentation of “A Christmas Story Live!” on Sunday, Dec. 17, will have 11-year-old Andy Walken of Seattle in the role of Ralphie Parker.
“More than 350 applicants were considered for the role of ‘Ralphie,’ a boy whose only dream is to get a Red Ryder Range Model Carbine Action BB Gun for Christmas,” Fox said in today’s announcement. Walken was cast after a nationwide digital casting call.
You can see a clip below showing Walken finding out he got the part — but you may want to have a tissue handy.
Walken joins previously announced cast members Maya Rudolph (“Saturday Night Live,” “Bridesmaids”), who will star as “Ralphie’s” mother; and Matthew Broderick (“How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying,” “The Producers,” “Manchester by the Sea”), who will star as the narrator.
From Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television, “A Christmas Story Live!” is inspired by the holiday classic feature “A Christmas Story” and the Tony Award-nominated Broadway production “A Christmas Story: The Musical.” The adaptation will be filmed at the Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank.
Here’s the clip …