Lifetime will host another Christmas movie, Departure for vacation. It stars Jana Kramer and Mario Lopez in the lead roles.
Directed by David Kendall, Departure for vacation began production earlier this year, with the team shooting at locations including Columbia-based Vintage Winery and Nashville, among others.
The film will be released on Lifetime on Friday, November 25 at 8:00 p.m. EST.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at the cast of the film
Jana Kramer and Mario Lopez both produce Departure for vacation
Country singer and actress Jana Kramer has produced two albums: Jan Kramer (2012) and Thirty-one (2015). In season 23, she finished fourth Dancing with the stars. The Michigan native won an ACM Award in the New Female Artist category.
She debuted as an actress with dead/undeada 2002 independent horror film. Kramer also appeared on NBCs friday night lightsThe CWs 90210 and A hill of treesand HBO’s entourage.
The mother of two children is currently single. She was previously married three times.
in the Departure for vacationShe will be seen as dance studio owner Rae. Kramer is also executive producer on the film.
When asked about her role in Departure for vacationKramer emphasized the hard-hitting dance performances.
“I was definitely more stressed about dancing because I was like, ‘I’m not a dancer, and I should be that dance teacher. Oh my god, I don’t have enough time.” But that’s the magic of the movie.”
She mentioned that her choreographer Spencer Liff and co-star Lopez were extremely supportive during filming Departure for vacation. Kramer said:
“He (Lopez) works really hard. He can also be seen on every hotel television. He works constantly and I have great respect for him. Even on set, he managed to do Access Hollywood and his other ventures while remaining a great father and husband.”
To Vacation in Santa Fe and Feliz NavidadActor and TV presenter Mario Lopez is back with another Christmas movie, Departure for vacation. He is also co-executive producer.
As for the role, the fan-favorite actor said:
“I host a show like Dancing with the Stars, I get fired and my ex takes over. I’m going back home to lick my wounds and bond with someone, then in the end I don’t want to leave and you’ll have to see how it goes. There’s romance, dancing, lots of fun.”
Expressing his enthusiasm about working with Kramer in Departure for vacationthe Saved by the bell star said:
“I’ve always wanted to work with Jana and the network (Lifetime) suggested we could be a fun pairing. It was everything I wanted and expected.”
The California native has also served as a host on MTVs America’s Best Dance Groupand The x factor (American version) with Khloé Kardashian.
He has been married to Broadway dancer Courtney Mazza since December 2012. The couple are parents of three children: a daughter and two sons.
What to expect from the film?
The synopsis of the film reads:
“Former Broadway star Billy Holiday returns to his hometown for Christmas after being abruptly fired as host, producer and judge on hit TV series Celebrity Dance Off. There he meets Rae, the charismatic owner of the local dance studio where Billy’s 12-year-old nephew is her brilliant student.”
It goes on to say that Rae is planning a “dance concert fundraiser this Christmas with the goal of taking her students to a Broadway show in New York City.” Billy willingly assists Rae in her endeavor “by reviving the town’s traditional Christmas show, which was once a showcase for local talent.”
Their “collaboration clicks and romantic sparks are starting to fly!”
Rounding out the film’s cast are Cheri Oteri as Dallas, Mario Cantone as Wayne, Carla Jimenez as Marissa, Stefanie Black as Phoebe, Terri Hoyos as Irma and Courtney Lopez.