I found news about this movie on Facebook recently and was immediately intruiged by the story, cast and time period. It's also based on a story by Christian author Max Lucado so faith in God will be a big theme.
This movie looks like a really good family holiday film and it's coming to select cinemas in the USA November 22nd!
"From bestselling author, Max Lucado, comes THE CHRISTMAS CANDLE, a timeless holiday film for the entire family.
Deep in the heart of the English countryside lies the enchanting village of Gladbury. Legend has it every 25 years an angel visits the village candlemaker and touches a single candle. Whoever lights this candle receives a miracle on Christmas Eve. But in 1890, at the dawn of the electric age, this centuries old legend may come to an end.
When David Richmond (Hans Matheson), a progressive young minister, arrives in Gladbury, the villagers discover a new formula for miracles: good deeds and acts of kindness. While David's quest to modernize Gladbury sets him at odds with the old world candlemaker, he finds an unlikely ally in the lovely skeptic, Emily Barstow (Samantha Barks). Now, the fiery candlemaker must fight to preserve the legacy of the Christmas Candle. But when the candle goes missing, the miraculous and human collide in the most astonishing Christmas the village of Gladbury has ever seen." - from Official Website
There's several period drama actors in The Christmas Candle that I'm excited to see in these type of roles!
Hans Matheson as David Richmond
Period Dramas: Poldark (1996), Les Miserables (1998 as Marius), Doctor Zhivago (2002), The Tudors (TV series, not recommended), Tess of the D'Urbervilles (2008, as Alec D'Urberville), Sherlock Holmes (2009).
Thoughts: His past period drama characters have been creepy sometimes so it will be nice to seem him play a minister in this film.
Samantha Barks as Emily Barstow
Period Dramas: Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert, Les Miserables (2012 as Eponine).
Thoughts: So excited to see Samantha in another film and another period drama role! She looks so pretty in the 1800's costumes! It really makes me wonder if there might be some singing in this film.
Lesley Manville as Bea Haddington
Period Dramas: David Copperfield (2000), North & South (2004, as Mrs. Hale), Poirot (TV series), Cranford (2007, Mrs. Rose),
Thoughts: Always enjoy her performances and happy to see her in another period drama role!
Sylvester McCoy as Edward Haddington
Period Dramas: The Hobbit (as Radagast), Doctor Who (1987-1989, seventh Doctor)
Thoughts: He made a very quirky Doctor and an interesting wizard, it's neat to see him in Victorian garb.
James Cosmo as Herbert Hopewell
Period Dramas: Emma (1996, Mr. Weston), Merlin (TV series), The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (as Father Christmas), Ivanhoe (1997), Braveheart, The House of Eliott (TV series).
Thoughts: He's a big Scottish bloke and it's actually kinda funny to me seeing him in period costume. His character looks like a businessman.
Susan Boyle as Eleanor Hopewell
Period Dramas: Her film debut!
Thoughts: This looks like it will be a wonderful role for her film debut, she looks great in period costume! Now I'm really wondering if there might be some singing in this film!
Barbara Flynn as Lady Camdon
Period Dramas: Cranford (Mrs. Jamieson), Miss Potter, He Knew He Was Right, Poirot, Horatio Hornblower, The Forsyte Saga, Lorna Doone, Wives & Daughters, The Barchester Chronicles.
Thoughts: A period film wouldn't be a period film without her! So glad to see her in yet another lovely role!
John Hannah as William Barstow
Period Dramas: Poirot (TV series), Miss Marple (TV series), The Mummy movies,.
Thoughts: He's Scottish and I always enjoy seeing him pop up from time to time in films.
Does The Christmas Candle (2013) look interesting?
Does having Susan Boyle and Samantha Barks in this film say singing to you?