Trevor Donovan is heading for Amish country.
“90210” vet Donovan will star in the upcoming UP TV movie “Love Finds You in Charm,” a follow-up to this year’s “Love Finds You in Sugarcreek,” which was UP’s highest-rated original movie in 2014.
Billed as a romantic, coming-of-age drama set in Amish country, the movie also stars Danielle Chuchran (“Dr. Seuss‘ The Cat in the Hat”), Drew Fuller (“Army Wives”) and Tiffany Dupont (“Born to Race: Fast Track”).
The movie features Chuchran as Emma Miller, a beautiful young Amish woman with a loving family, a good job as a teacher, and an Amish man, Jacob (Kellen Boyle), who would like to marry her. But Emma is restless and unsure about her commitment to the Amish faith. She longs for new experiences, so when her father suggests that she spend the summer in Charm, Ohio with her cousin Lydia Ann (Meg Whitman), Emma jumps at the opportunity. In Charm, Emma meets librarian Kelly Bennett (Dupont), an “Englischer” who is visiting her Aunt Irene (Dawn Lafferty) in Charm to get over a bad breakup with a cheating boyfriend. Despite their very different backgrounds, Emma and Kelly bond over their love of books and become good friends. As she becomes exposed to an entirely different world, Emma become increasingly torn between her two worlds – not to mention her growing attraction to handsome, inquisitive Noah (Donovan), an Amish man who also questioned his faith at one time.
The new movie is the second in what UP hopes to become a franchise based on the “Love Finds You” book series, which currently numbers more than 57 titles.
A George Shamieh production, “Love Finds You in Charm” is directed by Curtis Grey and produced by Terry Cunningham. Chevonne O’Shaughnessy and Cindy Bond are executive producers. Bryar Freed-Golden (UP’s “Paper Angels” and “Love Finds You In Sugarcreek”) wrote the adapted screenplay, based on the book by Annalisa Daughety.
The film’s ensemble cast also includes Dawn Lafferty (“Reversal,” “Time Quest”), Kellen Boyle (“Hannah, the Director”), Kaitlyn Sapp (UP’s “Love Finds You In Sugarcreek”), Rohn Thomas (“The Ides of March,” “The Shawshank Redemption”) and newcomers Meg Whitman, Nick Petrus and Belle Fockler.
“‘Love Finds You In Charm’ is the second in what we hope becomes an ongoing franchise for UP, based on the success of this year’s ‘Love Finds You In Sugarcreek’ and the continuing popularity of the ‘Love Finds You…’ book series,” said Barbara Fisher, svp, original programming, UP. “‘Charm’ is a lovely, scenic, coming-of-age romance with a stunningly attractive cast led by Trevor Donovan, Danielle Chuchran, Drew Fuller and Tiffany Dupont.”
The movie is slated for an early 2015 premiere.