'Vampire Diaries' Actress to Star in Hallmark Movie Channel Western (Exclusive)

10:15 AM PST 10/03/2011 by Kimberly Nordyke
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Sara Canning, left, Danny Glover and Kimberly Elise

Sara Canning has joined "Hannah's Law" alongside Greystone Holt, Danny Glover, Kimberly Elise and Billy Zane.

The Vampire Diaries actress Sara Canning and Greystone Holt have been tapped to star in the Hallmark Movie Channel telefilm Hannah's Law, a Western set to premiere in spring 2012.

Danny Glover, Kimberly Elise, Billy Zane, Ryan Kennedy and John Pyper-Ferguson co-star in the movie, which went into production Monday in Calgary, Alberta.

The movie is set in a frontier town filled with crime and corruption until Hannah (Canning), a strong-willed heroine, and her friends, including Wyatt Earp (Holt, Durham County) and Doc Holliday (Kennedy, Hellcats), take a stand for justice as she tries to track down the McMurphy gang, which brutally murdered her parents and young brother.

Glover (Mandela) is set to play Isom Dart, a father figure to Hannah; Elise (For Colored Girls) is Stagecoach Mary, her best friend; Zane (Titanic) is Lockwood; and Pyper-Ferguson (Caprica) plays Frank McMurphy.

Hannah's Law, from Nomadic Pictures Productions 3 and Sony Pictures Television, is executive produced by Mike Ogiens and John Fasano. Chad Oakes and Mike Frislev are the producers.

Rachel Talalay is directing from a script written by John Fasano.

Canning is perhaps best known for her role as Jenna Sommers on CW's Vampire Diaries. Holt also appears in Alcatraz, J.J. Abrams' upcoming series for Fox.

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