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Andy Garcia, Mandy Moore join ‘Christmas in Conway’ cast


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Grammy Award winner and an actor who’s been nominated for an Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globes are joining the cast of a made-for-TV movie about to start shooting in Wilmington.

According to Hallmark Hall of Fame’s Facebook page, Mandy Moore and Andy Garcia are joining Emmy, Golden Globe and Tony winner Mary-Louise Parker in “Christmas in Conway.” The movie starts shooting Monday.

According to Hallmark Hall of Fame, Garcia plays Duncan Mayor, who decides the perfect Christmas present for his beloved but ailing wife Suzy (played by Parker) is a ride on a real-deal Ferris wheel, set up in their own backyard. Why? Because it was while riding one years earlier that Duncan asked Suzy to marry him. Crews are setting up the Ferris wheel at a home on Forest Hills Drive this week.

Mandy Moore is Suzy’s nurse Natalie. Natalie and Suzy develop a deep bond almost immediately. Not so for Natalie and Duncan. He’s a bit of a curmudgeon and at least initially resents the time and attention his wife pays to her soulmate nurse. But love is in the air, and not just between Suzy and Duncan. Natalie and a young landscape designer who’s helping Duncan assemble the giant Ferris wheel also fall under the intoxicating spell of romance.

Moore is no stranger to shooting in Wilmington. She starred in 2002’s “A Walk to Remember,” based on the Nicholas Sparks book, which shot in and around the Port City.

“Christmas in Conway” is scheduled to air later this year on ABC and WWAY.

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