Lisa Whelchel, Chad Michael Murray, Larry the Cable Guy, Tika Sumpter and Kathy Najimy are joining Tyler Perry in A Madea Christmas, slated to be released by Lionsgate in mid-December 2013.
The story sees Madea getting coaxed into helping a friend pay her daughter a surprise visit in the country for Christmas. Their arrival, as the rural town prepares for its annual Christmas Carnival, prompts secrets to be revealed and old friendships test. Oh, and Madea dishes her special brand of spirit to all.
Murray will play the town bully, a redneck type who tries to control his wife and son.
Sumpter is one of his son’s teachers, someone Murray dislikes, while Larry is the quirky patriarch of the white side of an interracial marriage.
Whelchel, who became a household fixture starring in the classic sitcom The Facts of Life and is coming off a turn as a Survivor contestant, has joined the cast, playing the school principal. Whelchel famously starred as the snobby Blair Warner in the Facts of Life, which ran on NBC from 1979 to 1988. Apart from a couple of TV movies, she has stayed away from the screen, both large and small, since the show ended its run.