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Presumably figuring that there’s no better voice to narrate an iconic American childhood than an actor who’s never managed to leave the adjective “boyish” entirely behind, Fox has announced that Matthew Broderick will star as the narrator in its upcoming live production of the holiday classic A Christmas Story.

Broderick—who appeared in last year’s Manchester By The Sea, and voices a character in the just-released fourth season of BoJack Horseman—will take over narration duties from author and storyteller Jean Shepherd, who wrote the stories Bob Clark’s Christmas favorite was originally based upon. He joins a cast that also includes Maya Rudolph, who’ll be playing Ralphie Parker’s soap-brandishing mom in the live production.


A Christmas Story Live! is being produced by the same team that put together Fox’s Grease: Live last year. The show is set to air on December 17, to the delight of Broderick fans and leg lamp enthusiasts everywhere.

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