Hallmark Channel Making History With First Holiday Movie To Feature Autism

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Hallmark Channel News spoilers and updates tease that Hallmark has gifted its viewers with many memorable holiday movies. 

And now that same channel makes history by creating the very first-holiday film featuring autism. 

Learn more about what famous stars led the way for this milestone below.

Hallmark Channel News Spoilers – Holiday Movie Marks Milestone With Autistic Character

Holly Robinson Peete has earned a reputation as a Hallmark holiday fan favorite.

Recently, as Holly worked on promoting two of her movies, she shared her desire to create a film incorporating someone on the autism spectrum, reported Variety.

And now 2021 has given Holly the opportunity she desired.

Wearing both the hats of executive producer and lead star, Peete has begun production on “The Christmas Bond.”

Find out more about the movie below.

Hallmark Channel News Updates – Holly Robinson Peete Stars In New 2021 Holiday Hallmark Movie

The Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel will broadcast Holly Robinson Peete’s upcoming film.

With a working title of “The Christmas Bond,” the new 2021 holiday movie stars Holly, Lyriq Bent, and Nik Sanchez.

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Peete portrays a single mother who has a teenage son diagnosed with autism (portrayed by Sanchez).

The mother and son face a crossroads during the winter holiday season.

And at that point, the mom needs to gain the ability to let go in order to allow her son to grow.

But in that process, the single mom discovers that her heart begins “healing in unexpected ways,” according to Hallmark.

Hallmark Channel News Spoilers – Holly Robinson Peete Reveals Why This Movie Feels So Meaningful

The Hallmark movie actress shared why she sought to make this film. 

“I am making this movie for my son RJ, others with autism, and their families,” explained Holly Robinson Peete. “I am grateful to Hallmark for bringing this story to screen with authenticity, respect, and hope.”

Through her non-profit organization, the HollyRod Foundation, Peete has become an advocate for individuals with autism. She takes the cause very personally because she has a son with autism.

And the actor who plays Holly’s autistic son also believes in the cause.

The reps for Sanchez said he “prides himself in being awesomely autistic.”

Hallmark Channel News Updates – When Will Hallmark Channel Debut New Autism Film?

The Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel’s management expressed appreciation to Holly and revealed the planned debut date.

“Holly Robinson Peete is a tremendously talented actor and creative collaborator,” praised Randy Pope, senior vice president, programming and development, Hallmark Channel.

“We are excited and honored to help her bring this personal and beautiful story to life,” added Pope.

Later this year, the Hallmark Channel will debut the new holiday film about autism as part of its “Miracles of Christmas” programming event. 

In addition to Holly serving as an exec producer, The Box Road Production has signed on Orly Adelson, Peete, Allen Lewis, and Danielle Jackson as Peete’s co-executive producers.

The producer for the autism film is Charles Cooper. Kevin Fair has taken on the role of director, with the script crafted by Marcy Holland and based on a story by Camille Thomasson. 

Are you looking forward to this film?

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