Carrie Fisher, Carson Kressley to Star in Modern-Day 'Christmas Carol' for Hallmark Channel (Exclusive)

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Emmanuelle Vaugier also will star in the original movie, titled "Caroling," which is set to debut in the 2012 holiday season.

Carson Kressley, Carrie Fisher and Emmanuelle Vaugier have been tapped to star in Hallmark Channel's Caroling, a modern-day take on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.

The movie, set to premiere during the 2012 holiday season, centers on Carol Huffman (Vaugier, Two and a Half Men), one of Chicago’s most successful book publishers and a ruthless businesswoman who has made no room in her life for personal relationships and whose staff hates her.

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Kressley plays a colleague who is secretly organizing a revolt against Carol, and Fisher plays the late founder of publishing company, who takes Carol through an eye-opening journey of her past, present and future.

Olivia Cheng (Eureka) and Tygh Runyan (SGU Stargate Universe) co-star in the movie, which has begun production in Vancouver.

Caroling, from Carol Street Productions, is executive produced by Michael Goldstein and Michael Larkin and produced by Harvey Kahn is producer. 

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Michael M. Scott is directing from a script by William Penick and Chris Sey.

Kressley competed on the most recent season of ABC's Dancing With the Stars, coming in eighth place.

Fisher recently appeared in her one-woman show Wishful Drinking, which was taped for an HBO special that aired last year.

Vaugier also has appeared in USA Network's Covert Affairs.

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Hallmark Channel has been on a roll with its holiday programming this year, which has included such titles as Mistletoe Over Manhattan, Love's Christmas Journey and Cancel Christmas.

The network has had the No. 1 movie of the week for the past three weeks, delivering nine of the 10 highest-rated ad-supported cable movies of November. Overall, more than 40 million unduplicated viewers have tuned in to the movie premieres.