Hot on the heels of Lifetime’s announcement that they cast real life married couple Ben Lewis and Blake Lee as the leads in THEIR upcoming gay Christmas movie, The Hallmark channel today announced that they have hired Mean Girls star/Drag Race guest judge Jonathan Bennett to star in The Christmas House, their first queer-centric Christmas movie.
He is joined by actors Ana Ayora, Sharon Lawrence, and Robert Buckley, of One Tree Hill fame, who will play his husband.
“Our holiday table is bigger and more welcoming than ever,” Michelle Vicary, executive VP of programming at Crown Media, Hallmark’s parent company, said in a statement. “This year’s movies reflect our most diverse representation of talent, narratives, and families, including The Christmas House, featuring a storyline about a gay couple looking to adopt their first child, and starring Jonathan Bennett in an ensemble cast.”
A synopsis for “The Christmas House” reads:
“Working through some difficult decisions, Mitchell family matriarch Phylis (Lawrence) and patriarch Bill (Williams), have summoned their two grown sons — Mike (Buckley) and Brandon (Bennett) — home for the holidays. It is their hope that bringing the family together to recreate the Christmas house will help them find resolution and make a memorable holiday for the entire family and community. As Brandon and his husband, Jake (Harder), make the trip home, they are anxiously awaiting a call about the adoption of their first child. Meanwhile, Mike reconnects with Andi (Ayora), his high school sweetheart.”
(via Queerty; photo: Avalon)