We are more than halfway through the year and we have less than a year until the holiday season, a perfect time for Freeform to tease the network’s new original Christmas content. This year Freeform is giving us twice the cheer, greenlighting two, brand new original movies. The films will feature Francia Raisa (“grown-ish”), Charles Michael Davis (“Younger”), Sheryl Lee Ralph (“Moesha”), Gavin Stenhouse (“Allegiance”), Shanica Knowles (“The Young & the Restless”), Alphonso McAuley (“The Middle”), Hank Chen (“The New 30”) and Alison Fernandez (“Once Upon a Time”), as well as the previously announced cast-members Dave Annable (“Yellowstone”) and Odette Annable (“Supergirl”). The stars will come together to create new original films for Freeform’s “25 Days of Christmas” annual programming event. Both projects will start production this month and will be filled with merrymaking.
Tyra Banks was one of the first stars to announce the new content, announcing the cast of “Life Size 2” on her Instagram account. In that project Francia Raisa will play Grace Manning, the confident and funny CEO of Marathon Toys, which is a huge toy company started by her mother that is most famous for manufacturing the iconic Eve doll. Grace is also going through an early middle-life crisis and realizes that she is in over her head as CEO. To make matters worse, her wild-child ways are causing the company’s stock to plummet. Joining Raisa and Banks are Gavin Stenhouse as Grace’s potential love interest Calum; Shanica Knowles as Tahlia and Hank Chen as Brendan, who are Grace’s best friends; along with Alison Fernandez as Lex, Grace’s young next-door neighbor.
The other project stars Dave and Odette Annable and is going by the title “No Sleep ‘Til Christmas,” an unexpected and whimsical holiday romantic comedy about two insomniac strangers plagued by exhaustion. Lizzie (Odette Annable) is a high-end event planner preparing for her own life’s biggest event – her wedding. She lies awake nightly while her devoted fiancé Josh (Charles Michael Davis) rests peacefully, unaware of how to help her with her issues. When a sleep-deprived incident causes her to run into Billy (Dave Annable), a low-key bartender who is just as sleepless and frustrated as she is, they discover that they can only fall asleep while next to each other. What seems like an odd coincidence, and frankly a disruption to their lives, might be more meaningful than they’d like to admit. Sheryl Lee Ralph also stars as Josh’s mother Mrs. Wright with Alphonso McAuley as Andy, Billy’s best friend.
“Life Size 2” is executive produced by Tyra Banks (“America’s Next Top Model”) and Stephanie Allain (“Dear White People”). The film is written by Cameron Fay (“Brother Nature”) and Stacey Harman (“The Goldbergs”), with Steven K. Tsuchida (“Younger”) set to direct.
“No Sleep ‘Til Christmas” is written by Phil Traill (“The Middle”) and Steve Smith (“The Red Green Show”) and will be directed by Traill. Traill also serves as an executive producer alongside Cameron Johann (“Away and Back”) and Brent Shields (“Just In Time For Christmas”). Both of the films will air on Freeform during the network’s “25 Days of Christmas”.