Forest Whitaker will play an inventor who falls on tough times in Netflix's "Jingle Jangle."

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"A cobblestone world comes to life in the event holiday musical tale of an embattled toymaker, his precocious granddaughter, and a magical invention, that if they can get it to work in time for the holidays, could change their lives forever," the streaming service said in a press release.

David E. Talbert wrote the film and plans to direct it next year for a scheduled 2020 debut.

"Jingle Jangle is heating up!! So thankful to have Oscar Winner, Forest Whitaker in our film! #what?! #dreamscometrue #mommawearemakingamovie," Talbert's wife and producing partner Lyn Sisson-Talbert tweeted.

Whitaker's other credits include "The Godfather of Harlem," "Black Panther," "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," "The Butler," "Arrival" and "The Last King of Scotland."

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