Chicago, IL —
Hollywood legend Bruce Vilanch and acclaimed actor David Moretti have joined the cast of a feature film being shot in Chicago this May.
Scrooge & Marley
is a modern-day variation on Charles Dickens' classic story of the holidays, A Christmas Carol
. Recounted from a gay sensibility, with heart, comedy and music, the magic of Dickens' timeless tale of a man's redemption at the holidays-thanks to the help of three ghostly spirits-comes alive from a fresh perspective that will appeal to audiences of every persuasion.
Two-time Emmy winner Vilanch is a writer, songwriter and actor, well known for his four-year role on Hollywood Squares
and as a head writer for the Oscars.
Moretti is best known as Thom Etherton, the intrepid reporter on here! TV's acclaimed vampire series, The Lair
. Moretti led the series for three seasons between 2007 and 2010. His character also crossed over into the network's sister show, Dante's Cove
"I am beyond excited to be a part of Scrooge & Marley
," Moretti said. "Christmas movies hold a very special place in my heart as I have a handful of favorites I've watched every single Christmas since I was a little boy. My hope is that Scrooge & Marley
becomes that for the gay community. It's a sweet, classic story of redemption ... with a little glitter."
Moretti and Vilanch join several other actors already cast in the film, including: Megan Cavanagh (A League of Their Own, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Exes and Ohs
); Rusty Schwimmer (North Country, Perfect Storm, A Little Princess, Drop Dead Diva, Bones, Louie
); Ronnie Kroell (Bravo's Make Me a Super Model, Eating Out-Drama Camp, Into the Lion's Den
); and Becca Kaufman, a renowned Chicago-area vocalist.Scrooge & Marley
is based on an original script by Ellen Stoneking, Richard Knight, Jr. and the late Tim Imse. It will be directed by Knight and Peter Neville. www.scroogeandmarleymovie.com