'Relative Stranger' telefilm adds three

Eriq La Salle, Cicely Tyson, Michael Beach to star

Eriq La Salle, Cicely Tyson and Michael Beach are starring in the Hallmark Channel original movie "Relative Stranger."

La Salle ("ER") plays an angry man who abandoned his wife, children and extended family six years ago. When his father dies, he returns to get what his dad left to him and reunites with his family in the process.

Tyson ("Madea's Family Reunion") plays La Salle's mom, and Beach ("Third Watch") plays his brother.

Charles Burnett is directing from a script by Eric Haywood. The executive producers are Larry Levinson, Randy Pope and Mike Moran. Eric Olson and Brian Martinez are producing.

The telefilm began principal photography this week and is targeted to premiere around the holidays.