Lifetime has taken LGBT representation to the next level by casting a real married gay couple in the lead roles for its first LGBT-themed holiday movie this year.
In a press release on Monday, the channel announced its “It’s a Wonderful Lifetime” holiday movie slate, chief among them being “The Christmas Setup” starring actors Ben Lewis and Blake Lee, who are both married in real life. The movie will also be written and directed by members of the LGBTQ community.
“Known for filling the screen with fun, romantic, inclusive and relatable movies, the network announced today the casting for ‘The Christmas Setup’–the network’s first holiday movie with a lead LGBTQ storyline, written and directed by members of the LGBTQ community, and featuring two gay lead actors who are married in real life,” said the announcement.
Furthermore, Lifetime will also be featuring its first Asian-American family with the movie “Sugar & Spice Holiday” directed, written, and cast by Asians.