It’s been a whirlwind of a week for One Tree Hill fans as photos of alums Hilarie Burton, Robert Buckley, Daneel Ackles and Antwon Tanner started surfacing on social media hinting at some sort of mystery project.
With the hashtag #Christmas 2018, many hoped that a One Tree Hill reunion movie was on the way, but it turns out Tree Hill will have to wait as those four are reuniting for a separate Lifetime Christmas movie called The Christmas Contract! Tyler Hilton, who also appeared on the series as Chris Kellar, will make a special musical appearance.
The Christmas Contract will be written by Cassie Doyle and directed by Monika Mitchell. The official synopsis for the film reads:
It’s Jolie’s (Burton) first time going back home to Louisiana since her devastating break up with Foster (Hunter Burke). Seeing him is inevitable as their parents run the town’s annual Christmas Market together, but when she discovers Foster is bringing home a new girlfriend, Jolie cannot bear the thought of going home alone and seeing them together. Her best friend Naomi (Ackles) suggests that Jolie bring her flaky brother, Jack (Buckley), home for Christmas as he has no plans this year. Jolie, a professional web designer, is hesitant; so, Naomi, a lawyer, creates a Christmas contract to give them both something they want—a buffer for those awkward moments around Jolie’s ex and a website to help sell Jack’s upcoming novel. Unbeknownst to them, the Christmas contract proves to be so much more than what they signed up for.
Fans of the original series will remember Burton for her portrayal of the music-loving Peyton Sawyer for six seasons. Her and other series lead Chad Michael Murry both chose to leave the series together before season 7. Their departure made way for Robert Buckley to join the cast as series regular Clay Evans until the series ended in 2012. Buckley stayed at home on The CW and currently stars in iZombie. Antwon Tanner and Daneel Ackles (then Harris) both appeared throughout the show as recurring guest stars and series regulars.
A Christmas Contract will debut during Lifetime’s annual (and iconic!) It’s A Wonderful Lifetime movie lineup later this year.