Lifetime is adding EGOT award winner Rita Moreno and returning favorite Marissa Jaret Winokur to their 2022 “It’s a Wonderful Lifetime” slate! They will be starring in Santa Bootcamp with Emily Kinney and Justin Gaston. Directed by Melissa Joan Hart, it will also mark a holiday reunion for her and Winokur after previously being in A Very Nutty Christmas together.
Santa Bootcamp will be Hart’s fourth directed picture for the network. It will showcase Lifetime’s commitment to diversity and inclusivity as well, with deaf actors Deanne Bray and Zyra Singleton included in the cast.
“I have always been a holiday person… particularly Christmas. The idea that I’m actually going to participate in this wonderful Lifetime Christmas movie, Santa Bootcamp, just tickles me to no end,” said Moreno in a press release. “I have been known, at Christmas time, to decorate anyone in my house who happens to stand still for more than a minute. I will decorate anyone and anything because I turn into a child. Therefore, what a treat for me! Thank you Lifetime. My grandchildren are already celebrating!”
When event planner, Emily Strauss (Emily Kinney), is hired by mall magnate, Ed Mancini (Patrick Cassidy) to stage the ultimate Christmas Gala for his most important investors, Emily finds herself being sent to bootcamp – Santa Bootcamp – to find the perfect Santa and inspiration she will need to make the evening a success. While there, Emily meets Belle (Rita Moreno), the bootcamp’s drill sergeant with a heart of gold, who helps Emily rediscover the magic of Christmas and find romance along the way.
The full “It’s a Wonderful Lifetime” slate and premiere dates will be announced this fall.