Also Stars Brendan Penny ("Motive," "Whistler") and Former Destiny's Child Letoya Luckett (Preacher's Kid, "Treme") Co-Star
Based on Author Beth Pattillo's Acclaimed Novel "Heavens to Betsy"
ATLANTA, Sept. 29, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- UP presents the UP Original Movie Heavenly Match, a charming, uplifting romantic comedy about a 30-year-old minister named Casey Hart, who is faced with fork-in-the road decisions with both her career in the ministry and her love life. Starring actress Samaire Armstrong ("Resurrection," "The O.C."), Heavenly Match will make its world television premiere on UP on Sunday, October 12 at 7:00 p.m. EDT / 6:00 p.m. PDT.
Filmed outside of Vancouver, Canada, Heavenly Match is produced by Front Street Pictures' Harvey Kahn (UP's Far From Home and the upcoming The Tree That Saved Christmas) and directed/executive produced by Michael M. Scott (UP's Far From Home and the award-nominated Apple Mortgage Cake) and executive produced by Libby Beers. The film is based on Beth Pattillo's acclaimed novel, Heavens to Betsy, which in turn sprang from Pattillo's experiences as a female minister. Cara J. Russell wrote the adapted script.
The ensemble cast also includes Brendan Penny ("Motive," "Whistler"), former Destiny's Child LeToya Luckett (Preacher's Kid, "Treme"), Gabrielle Rose ("R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour," The Sweet Hereafter), Bill Dow ("The X-Files," "Stargate: Atlantis"), Kevin O'Grady (This Means War, "Arrow"), Jody Thompson ("R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour," 2012) and Leanne Lapp ("Almost Human," "The Killing").
Life would be perfect for 30-year-old, single Reverend Casey Hart (Samaire Armstrong) if it weren't for parishioners who poke into her love life and steal money from the collection box. Not to mention some very inconvenient feelings she is having for her long-time friend, fellow seminary school classmate, and verbal sparring partner, David Swenson (Brenden Penny). Feeling the pressure of leading the congregation and managing the board's expectations, Casey questions if she should remain a minister in the church or pursue other career opportunities. Unsure of her direction, terrified of professional failure and panicked that David has met someone new, Casey turns to her other best friend from school, Reverend LaRonda "Ronnie" Mason (LeToya Luckett). Can Casey reclaim her confidence while reconciling her clerical robe with high heels and date nights? A fun-loving look at a single girl's life on the other side of the altar.
"Heavenly Match is a fun, relatable romantic comedy about finding your place in life as seen through the eyes of a little-explored character on television -- a female minister," Barbara Fisher, svp, original programming, UP. "Having gained new fans this year through "Resurrection," actress Samaire Armstrong is fearless here as the doubting Reverend Casey Hart."
Heavens to Betsy and Earth to Betsy author Beth Pattillo has written over a dozen books, including the Jane Austen Formidables trilogy, the Sweetgum Knit Lit Society series, and the Regency-set historicals Princess Charming and Her Perfect Earl. In addition, Pattillo is an ordained Christian minister and the co-founder of the Faith Leader program. After many years as a parish minister, she now serves as a spiritual director and retreat leader for Still Waters of Nashville. Originally from Texas, Pattillo is married and is the mother of two children. Her Master of Divinity degree is from Vanderbilt University. She believes a good sense of humor is the biggest blessing of all.
UP presents Heavenly Match, a Front Street production. Starring Samaire Armstrong, Brendan Penny, LeToya Luckett, Gabrielle Rose, Bill Dow, Kevin O'Grady, Jody Thompson and Leanne Lapp. Directed by Michael M. Scott. Produced by Front Street Pictures' Harvey Kahn. Executive Produced by Michael M. Scott and Libby Beers. Director of Photography is Anthony Metchie. Editor is Alison Grace. Script by Cara J. Russell.
Follow our cast and author at:
* Samaire Armstrong on Twitter @samaire_samaire
* Brendan Penny on Twitter @BrendanJPenny
* LeToya Luckett on Twitter @LeToyaLuckett
* Bill Dow online at www.billdow.net
* Kevin O'Grady online at kevinogrady.net
* Jody Thompson on Twitter @JodyRaeThompson
* Leanne Lapp on Twitter @LeanneLapp
* Beth Pattillo on Twitter @bethpattillo
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About Front Street Pictures
Front Street Pictures Inc. (frontstreetpictures.com) is an innovative production company that produces high quality independent films and made for television motion pictures for worldwide distribution. The head office is established in Vancouver, British Columbia and specializes in providing a full range of services to the film and television industries. In addition to developing and producing in house productions, the company offers a wide range of financial, production and creative services to production partners all over the world.