The true story of two families who suffer when cancer takes a parent will be told in the Hallmark Channel original movie The Color of Rain, which will star Lacey Chabert (Mean Girls) and Warren Christie (This Means War).
Scheduled to premiere on Father’s Day in 2014, the TV movie is based on the New York Times bestseller by Michael and Gina Spehn, who wrote the book that recounts their story of unimaginable loss, followed by grief, friendship and love.
The film, directed by Anne Wheeler and written by Nancey Silvers, follows Gina (Chabert) who, after losing her husband to cancer, decides to volunteer at the elementary school, which her two boys attend. There, she meets the Spehn children, Jack, Danny and Charlotte, who in a horrible, coincidental turn of events lose their mother to cancer just weeks after Gina’s loss.
Gina reaches out to their father, Michael (Christie), and the pair form an unexpected friendship, which later develops into romance.
Besides Mean Girls, Chabert has also starred on Party of Five, the movie Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past and has done voice-over work for such series as Family Guy and The Wild Thornberrys.
Christie has also appeared in Alphas, True Justice, Apollo 18 and Happy Town.
Michael and Gina Spehn co-founded The New Day Foundation, a non-profit to help families with young children affected by cancer. They also co-host a radio talk show that covers grief, hope and family issues, called Your Family Matters.
The Color of Rain is a LaCanada/Lighthouse Pictures production. Executive producers are Dan Paulson, David Permut and Shawn Williamson.