12/4/2014 10:55:52 AM
ATLANTA, GA – UP presents the UP Original Movie Marry US For Christmas (#MarryUSForChristmas), a romantic, ‘tis-the-season-to-get-married, mother-daughter comedy starring Malinda Williams (“Soul Food,” “exhale”), Karon Riley (UP’s Where’s the Love?, 35 and Ticking), Victoria Rowell (What Love Will Make You Do, “The Young and the Restless”) and Marques Houston (UP’s The Love Letter, “Sister, Sister”) as the Christmas couples. A sequel to last year’s popular Marry Me For Christmas, the film also reunites Rowell with her long-time “Young and the Restless” co-star Kristoff St. John (20 Ft Below: The Darkness Descending, “Family Time”). The UP Original Movie Marry US For Christmas will make its world television premiere on UP on Sunday, December 7 at 7:00 p.m. EST / 6:00 p.m. PST.
Produced by Atlanta-based Swirl Films, the film is directed by first-time director Drue Powell from a screenplay by executive producer Rhonda Freeman-Baraka (UP’s Marry Me For Christmas and Trinity Goodheart). The ensemble also includes returning cast members GregAlan Williams (“Necessary Roughness,” “The West Wing”), Carl Payne (“For Richer Or Poorer,” “The Game”), Chrystale Wilson (Fade Away, “For Richer or Poorer”), DeEtta West (UP’s Lyfe’s Journey and My Other Mother) and Dawn Halfkenny (UP’s My Dad’s A Soccer Mom, “Let’s Stay Together”).
In the sequel to last year’s popular UP Original Movie Marry Me For Christmas, it’s a year after Marci Jewel (Malinda Williams) and Blair Kirkland (Karon Riley) declared their love for each other and decided to tie the knot. But as the big day approaches, Marci is so consumed with work that she’s had no time to plan her wedding. To make matters worse, she may have to team up with former assistant/fake fiancé Adam to win a project she’s been vying for – a little tidbit Marci has held back from Blair. But Blair, as it turns out, has a secret of his own. Thanks to years of doing pro bono work for financially-strapped clients, he quickly is running out of cash and might have to accept an offer to work for his longtime nemesis, Marci’s manipulative cousin Preston (Carl Payne). Meanwhile, Marci’s mother Stephanie Chandler Jewel (Victoria Rowell) is making some rather bold moves of her own with her sexy salsa teacher, Antonio Simpson (Marques Houston), who is more than a little smitten with her — and about 20 years her junior. Will there be a wedding for Christmas? Better yet – whose wedding will it be? Naturally, the festivities wouldn’t be complete without family, including Marci’s Uncle Donald (GregAlan Williams), Aunt Myra (DeEtta West), Aunt Elizabeth (Chrystale Wilson), Charlene (Dawn Halfkenny) and Antonio’s uncle Lawrence Simpson (Kristoff St. John).
“What’s more exciting than Christmas – getting married at Christmas, of course!,” said Sophia Kelley, svp, programming, UP. “We are thrilled to continue the high-spirted holiday adventures of Marci and her mother Stephanie in this year’s romantic, fun-filled sequel Marry US For Christmas. This Noel, the question is -- who will make it down aisle first?”
Follow our cast at:
• Malinda Williams on Twitter @MalinsWorld
• Victoria Rowell on Twitter @victoriarowell
• Karon Riley on Twitter @TerriandKaron
• GregAlan Williams on Twitter @GregAlanW
• Carl Payne on Twitter @thecarlpayne
• Chrystale Wilson on Twitter @chrystale220
• Kristoff St. John on Twitter @kristoffstjohn1
• DeEtta West on Twitter @deettawest
• Marques Houston on Twitter @marqueshouston
UP presents Marry US For Christmas, a Swirl Films production. Starring Malinda Williams, Victoria Rowell, Karon Riley, GregAlan Williams, Carl Payne, Chrystale Wilson, Kristoff St. John, DeEtta West, Dawn Halfkenny and Marques Houston. Directed by Drue Powell. Produced by Eric Tomosunas, David Eubanks and Keith Neal. Executive Produced and Written by Rhonda Freeman-Baraka. Director of Photography is George Su. Editor is Dante Wyatt.
Source via Black PR Newswire