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Andy Garcia and Mandy Moore have joined the cast of “Christmas in Conway,” which starts filming in Wilmington next week.
The actors join Mary-Louise Parker, who was announced last week as the star of the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, set to air on ABC later this year.
Garcia, best known for roles in “The Godfather Part III,” “For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story” and the “Ocean’s Eleven” franchise, will play Duncan Mayor, the husband of Parker’s character, Suzy.
Moore, who has filmed in Wilmington before for “A Walk to Remember” and has also starred in “Tangled” and “The Princess Diaries,” will play Suzy’s nurse, Natalie.
According to a synopsis on Hallmark Hall of Fame’s Facebook page, Natalie develops a deep bond with Suzy, whose husband has decided the perfect Christmas gift for his ailing wife is a ride on a Ferris wheel set up in their yard, reminiscent of the one they were riding when he asked Suzy to marry him.
“He’s a bit of a curmudgeon and at least initially resents the time and attention his wife pays to her soul-mate nurse,” the synopsis reads. “But love is in the air, and not just between Suzy and Duncan. Natalie and a young landscape designer who’s helping Duncan assembly the giant Ferris wheel also fall under the intoxicating spell of romance.”
No word yet on who will be cast as the landscape designer.
Parker, best known for her Golden Globe-winning lead role in “Weeds,” has appeared in three other Hallmark Hall of Fame movies. “Christmas in Conway” is the second such movie in the last three years to be filmed in the Wilmington area, according to the Wilmington Regional Film Commission.
“Christmas in Conway” will also be the 250th Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation when it airs on ABC and the Hallmark Channel later this year. It is directed by John Kent Harrison and written by Stephen P. Lindsey and Luis Ugaz. Brent Shields and Howard Koch Jr. are the executive producers.
“Christmas in Conway” is set to start filming in Wilmington on Monday, Aug. 5.