Tim Allen to Reprise ‘The Santa Clause’ Role for Disney+

The new series is expected to begin production this spring
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Tim Allen is reprising his role as Santa Claus/Scott Calvin for a new Disney+ series. // Photograph courtesy of Disney Enterprises/Joe Lederer

Tim Allen is dusting off his big red suit. The metro Detroit native is set to star — and executive produce — a new The Santa Clause series for Disney+.

According to Variety, the show will follow Allen’s character, Scott Calvin, as he nears his 65th birthday. Realizing he’ll have to pass the baton on to another Santa sooner rather than later, Calvin begins the journey of finding the next person to fill his shoes.

This is the fourth time Allen will play Calvin. The first time was in 1994 for the original The Santa Clause. In the film, Allen’s character, a single dad who works as a toy salesman, accidentally assumes the role of Santa Claus when he slips on Old Saint Nick’s gear and delivers presents one Christmas Eve. The movie was followed by The Santa Clause 2 in 2002 and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause in 2006.

Allen, of course, is also known for starring in the ’90s sitcom Home Improvement and voicing Buzz Lightyear for Toy Story. His most recent show, Last Man Standing, wrapped up in 2021 after nine seasons. Allen, who was born in Denver, Colorado, but grew up in Birmingham, is also known locally as the voice behind the Pure Michigan campaign.

Production on The Santa Clause series is expected to start in March. Allen will be joined by Last Main Standing showrunner Jack Burditt, who will also serve as an executive producer on the Disney+ project.

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