Preview: “A Royal Christmas Crush” A Hallmark Channel “Christmas In July” 2023 Original Movie


By: Kat Harlton
Media: Hallmark Media

Katie Cassidy (“Arrow,” “Gossip Girl”) and Stephen Huszar (“Love in Glacier National: A National Park Romance,” “Chesapeake Shores,”) star in “A Royal Christmas Crush” a new, original movie premiering Saturday, July 8 (8 p.m. ET/PT), on Hallmark Channel, as part of the network’s annual Christmas in July programming event.

About The Movie:

Ava Jensen (Cassidy) is a talented architect who joins her beloved Uncle Karl (Charlie Ebbs, “Six Degrees of Santa”), in the enchanting frozen kingdom of Fríðrland to build an elaborate ice castle for the Royal Family – a tradition going back almost 200 years. Every year, the Royal Family gathers at the ice castle to relax and get away while they prepare for the annual Royal Christmas Ball. While there, Ava meets the handsome Prince Henry (Huszar), heir to the throne and one of the most eligible bachelors in the world. Although the two may be from completely different worlds, they become smitten with one another. The Prince, impressed by Ava’s talents, asks her to help him with his big speech and the two set out to learn more about one another. However, things aren’t as magical as they appear as the palace’s scheming Director of Logistics, Brigitta (Angela Besharah, “Circuit Breakers”), seeking to restore her family’s nobility and status, is determined to win the charming Prince over for her own daughter, the beautiful and very persistent, Sigrid (Kathryn Kohut, “Fly Away with Me”). With so much at stake, Brigitta sets out to sabotage the new budding romance before the Prince and Ava can get too close, however, hearts may already be melting in this winter wonderland ice palace.

“A Royal Christmas Crush” is from Fireside (IH3) Films Inc. Timothy O. Johnson and Andrew C. Erin are executive producers. Joseph Wilka and Lisa Alford are co-executive producers, while Josie Fitzgerald and Stefane Gregoire serve as producers. Marita Jane Grabiak directed from a script by Keith Hemstreet, Catherine Reay and Kate Somerville.

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