Naturi Naughton, Luke James Headline Lifetime’s Kirk Franklin’s The Night Before Christmas

Among the films selected for Lifetime’s It’s a Wonderful Lifetime movie slate is Kirk Franklin’s The Night Before Christmas in which Gospel artist Kirk Franklin returns to executive produce and star in his second holiday movie for the cable channel.

The film will feature Naturi Naughton (Power, Power Book II: Ghost ) and Luke James (Star, The Chi ). It’s about an estranged mother and daughter (played by Naughton and Lorea Turner ) who are caught in a snowstorm that forces them to take refuge inside a church where parishioners are reeling from the cancellation of their annual holiday concert. The spirit of the season takes hold as Journee and Nia weather the wintry storm together with the other churchgoers, including Adam (Luke James) a handsome youth pastor and a heavenly music teacher (Franklin), who motivate the mother and daughter to reconcile their differences through music, faith, and love.

Tailiah Breon directs from a script by Tara Knight.

Kirk Franklin’s The Night Before Christmas is produced by Swirl Films and Big Dreams Entertainment. Franklin, as well as Tracy “Twinkie” Byrd, Eric Tomosunas, Angela Plasschaert, Leslie Greif and Alex Kerr serve as executive producers.

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