Hallmark to release first holiday movie featuring a character on the autism spectrum


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Hallmark is set to release its first holiday movie featuring a character on the autism spectrum!

Holly Robinson Peete will star and produce the film. The film’s working title is “The Christmas Bond” and is a new 2021 holiday film for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. According to Variety, the film will also star Lyriq Bent and Nik Sanchez.

The film is slated to begin production now and will follow a single mom (played by Peete) and her autistic teenage son (played by Sanchez) through the holidays. The network revealed that the film will show the duo arriving at a crossroads during the holidays and the mother must learn to let go so that her son can grow up. The description adds that during the process, she will find her “heart healing unexpectedly”.

As the parent of a son with autism, Peete has been a space advocate for over 20 years. “I am making this film for my son RJ, other autistic people and their families,” said Peete. “I am grateful to Hallmark for bringing this story to the screen with authenticity, respect and hope.”

“Holly Robinson Peete is an extremely talented actress and creative collaborator,” said Randy Pope, senior vice president, programming and development, Hallmark Channel. “We are delighted and honored to help him bring this beautiful personal story to life.”

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