September 18, 2009 / 5:08 AM / 8 years ago

Billy Ray Cyrus to star in Hallmark movie

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Hallmark Channel is planning “Christmas in Canaan,” starring Billy Ray Cyrus.

<p>Cast member Billy Ray Cyrus attends the premiere of "Hannah Montana the Movie" in Los Angeles April 2, 2009. REUTERS/Phil McCarten</p>

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

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