ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- Hallmark Channel is hoping to latch on to some Christmas magic from the Biltmore Estate.
Starting in January, the network will begin production on its first holiday movie of 2023.
The movie, "A Biltmore Christmas," will be filmed at the Biltmore Estate, renowned for its classic holiday traditions since 1895.
"Each year we look for ways to create exciting, new holiday viewing experiences for our audience," enthused Samantha DiPippo, Senior Vice President, Development, Programming, Hallmark Media. "We know fans will love being transported back in time and the iconic, beautiful Biltmore Estate is the perfect setting to help fans get into the holiday spirit."
Starring Bethany Joy Lenz and Kristoffer Polaha, A Biltmore Christmas features Lucy Collins (Lenz) as a screenwriter who lands the job of a lifetime when she's hired to write the script for a remake of the beloved holiday movie His Merry Bride!
First filmed in 1947 at beautiful Biltmore House, it has long been considered a Christmas classic. As Christmas approaches, Lucy travels to Biltmore Estate for research. She joins a guided tour of the grounds where she gets insights into the history of the location and the filming of His Merry Bride!, and once inside the house, she's drawn to a beautiful hourglass. When Lucy accidentally knocks it over, she finds herself transported back in time to 1946 - the Golden Age of Hollywood - as cast and crew prepare to film His Merry Bride! at Biltmore.
Lucy does her best to navigate an unfamiliar place as a woman out of time, charming some and raising suspicions of others. It's not long before Lucy catches the eye of the film's dashing lead Jack Huston (Polaha) and although she initially rebuffs his advances, their connection soon becomes undeniable. Lucy's sudden appearance sets off a chain of events that put the production in jeopardy. Before she can return to the present, she must make things right or threaten to alter the future forever. Lucy has one chance to go home but must say goodbye to the man who might be her soulmate unless some Christmas magic can keep the curtain from closing on their love story.
Although the Biltmore Estate has been home to many productions over the years, this movie marks the first time the estate itself serves as the setting.
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