In a role that reflects her real-life role, Holly Robinson Peete will start in the first-ever holiday film by Hallmark that has a character dealing with autism. She had mentioned before her desire to play a similar role as her son is on the autism spectrum.
Holly Robinson Peete let on that she was making the movie for her son RJ, who was detected with autism at the age of 2. Hallmark announced that they would go ahead with production later this year. titled The Christmas Bond, the film will also star Nik Sanchez as a youngster with autism, and Lyriq Bent.
In the movie, Holly Robinson Sanchez and her son (played by Sanchez) reach a turning point during Christmas. Her son is on the autism spectrum, and she has to learn to give him the freedom, so he can learn to flourish and bring himself to do as he desires.
The Story Relates To Holly Robinson Peete’s Personal Life
Holly Robinson Peete says she is grateful that Hallmark has brought this story to the floor. She has strived for awareness on autism ever since she came out in 2007 with Rodney Jr.’s issues with autism.
She founded has supported HollyRod Foundation, a non-profit with Rodney Peete, her husband, and former NFL player. She started the foundation in 1997. It provides support to those with Parkinson’s disease.
Peete says that she wants people to be more aware of autism and not be scared of it. Sanchez, who plays the role of the autistic young man has let it be known that he was proud of being ‘awesomely autistic.’
Senior VP of Hallmark, Randy Pope said that they were honored and excited to have Peete on board for the film. He mentioned her tremendous talent and creativity.
The film should debut at the end of this year as a part of the “Miracles of Christmas’ programs. Peete, Orly Adelson, Danielle Jackson, and Allen Lewis are the executive producers, while Charles Cooper is the producer. The story is by Camille Thomasson, Kevin Fair directs the movie with the script written by Marcy Holland.