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LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Hallmark Channel is planning "Christmas in Canaan," starring Billy Ray Cyrus.
The telefilm, slated to air in December, is based on a novel written by another country star/actor, Kenny Rogers, and Donald Davenport.
"Christmas" chronicles the unlikely friendship that develops between two boys -- DJ (Zak Ludwig), who is white, and Rodney (Jaishon Fisher), who is black -- in 1960s Texas as they bond over concern for a wounded puppy.
Cyrus plays DJ's dad, who, with Rodney's grandmother, concocts the puppy plan after the boys get into a schoolyard tussle.
Neill Fearnley is directing from a script by Davenport and a story by Rogers.
Editing by SheriLinden at Reuters