Arriving on Hallmark this Christmas are the interconnected twin holiday movies, Sister Swap: A Hometown Holiday and Sister Swap: Christmas in the City. The festive films will focus on the stories of two sisters, Jennifer and Meg, played by real-life siblings Ashley Williams and Kimberly Williams-Paisley.
A Hometown Holiday is being described as “two sisters and a holiday to remember”, while Christmas in the City is being dubbed “two sisters and a holiday adventure”. Each movie will focus its story on a different sister, with scenes reflecting their different perspective.
Something which viewers will find exciting about the Sister Swap movies is the way in which the stories are intertwined. The events of the two movies take place in the same time frame, meaning that some scenes are repeated across both movies.
It should be noted that viewers do not need to watch both movies to make sense of the story, although, if you enjoy one film, then chances are you will enjoy the other equally – so watching both is recommended! According to Hallmark, “Jennifer is in Salt Lake City, running a successful restaurant she started with her late husband and raising her teenage son, Simon, (while) Meg stayed in their hometown of Hazelwood, helping their parents run the local bakery.” Despite living hours apart, the two sisters remain incredibly close and the movies will showcase their relationship over the holiday season.
Speaking (via People) about working alongside her sister, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, said: “It’s such a gift to work with someone who knows me as well as Ashley does. The feeling of safety and comfort coupled with the delight of getting to work together really translates into magic on camera. It was immensely fun to play with her in these movies.”
Ashley said: “Making these movies was a dream come true, especially because making Christmas movies where sisterhood is the focus felt bold.” She added: “We had the idea to make a movie where Kim and I play sisters, and then we got ambitious. So, we decided we would make two movies where we play sisters. And then then we decided to go even further.”
As well as starring in the new movies, the Williams sisters are also on board as executive producers, alongside Ashley’s real-life husband, Neal Dodson. David M. Wulf is a producer on the films.
Speaking via Instagram, Kimberly Williams-Paisley said: “My sister @ashleywilliamsandcompany and I had such a good time producing and starring in these movies, working with dear friends, and shooting in #saltlakecity.”
Both movies are from the writing team of Claire Boyles, Zac Hug, Erik Patterson and Jessica Scott. The cast includes the aforementioned Williams sisters, alongside Keith D. Robinson, Mark Deklin, Jacob Buster, Anna Holbrook, Logan Donovan, Jim Byrnes, Yolanda Wood, and Joseph Scott Campbell.
Sean McNamara is directing both Sister Swap movies, which will air on Hallmark as part of the channel’s Countdown to Christmas programming block. Hallmark fans will recognise McNamara as the director of JL Family Ranch: The Wedding Gift (2020), Christmas in Evergreen: Tidings of Joy (2019), and Christmas in Evergreen: Letters to Santa (2018), as well as various episodes of Chesapeake Shores.
Sister Swap: A Hometown Holiday will make its debut in the US on 15th December, while Sister Swap: Christmas in the City is currently scheduled to air on 16th December.
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