Mary-Louise Parker to star in Wilmington-filmed ‘Christmas in Conway’

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Mary-Louise Parker is set to star in “Christmas in Conway,” a Hallmark Hall of Fame production that begins filming in Wilmington early next month.

Mary-Louise Parker is set to star in ‘Christmas in Conway,’ a Hallmark Hall of Fame television movie that starts filming in Wilmington on Aug. 5. Photo courtesy Hallmark Hall of Fame.

The “Weeds” star and two-time Golden Globe Award winner has appeared in three other Hallmark Hall of Fame television movies, according to a release from the Wilmington Regional Film Commission. “Christmas in Conway” is the second such movie in the last three years to shoot in the Wilmington region.

“Christmas in Conway” starts filming in Wilmington on Aug. 5 and is set to air on ABC later this year.

Johnny Griffin, director of the Wilmington Regional Film Commission, is quoted in the release as saying that the Hallmark Hall of Fame “has a rich tradition of producing films in this region.”

“We are glad to welcome them back again,” he said. “We appreciate their commitment and loyalty to this region.”

The release describes the Hallmark Hall of Fame as “the longest-running, most-honored series on television.” “Christmas in Conway” will be the 250th Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation when it airs on ABC and the Hallmark Channel.

Other casting for “Christmas in Conway” will be announced later, the release notes.

Aaron Syrett, director of the North Carolina Film Office, said in the release the production “adds to our long list of projects produced locally this year, and proves that our competitive film incentive, our talented local crew base, our strong filming infrastructure, and our broad range of locations continues to attract productions across the state.”

In “Christmas in Conway,” Parker, who has won Golden Globes for her performances in Showtime’s “Weeds” and the HBO miniseries “Angels in America,” will play Suzy Gainsborough, whose husband decides the perfect Christmas gift for his ailing wife is a ride in a Ferris wheel set up in their backyard, according to a synopsis.