The Christmas season just wrapped up, but it’s never too early to look to next December. So, production started on “A Biltmore Christmas.” The Hallmark movie filming already got underway at North Carolina’s Biltmore Estate. The channel expects to debut the film during Hallmark’s 2023 “Countdown to Christmas.” According to WCNC, snow came to the Estate as production began. Producers chose the site saying it provides the perfect backdrop for a Christmas themed film. They indicate it’s a cinematographer’s dream, with beautiful naturally occurring shots in any direction you look. They love the architecture, setting and land. Production started this month with crews filming inside the Estate. And, Biltmore officials took part in approving the script for the movie, starring Bethany Joy Lenz and Kristoffer Polaha.
With the Hallmark movie filming underway, the channel describes the story that focuses on screenwriter “Lucy.” The character, tasked with a remake of a holiday classic, travels to Biltmore Estate for research on the script. She breaks an hourglass while touring the estate. And, of course, this takes her on a journey through time. Lucy finds herself transported to 1946 and the Golden Age of Hollywood. The leading man takes notice of her. And, in true Hallmark formula, she rebuffs his attention. But, as is the case with time travel, she has to be careful not to alter the future. Lucy hopes some Christmas magic prevents the loss of her potential soulmate. Sounds plausible. As much as we poke fun at some of the syrupy “plots” of Hallmark movies, many of us get excited to see that “Countdown” every year.