Susan Boyle, the eccentric British woman who became a worldwide sensation after singing “I Dreamed a Dream” on Britain’s Got Talent in 2009, will make her movie debut in The Christmas Candle, a family film based on Max Lucardo’s book about the Christmas miracles that occur every 25 years in a small candle-lit English village since 1890. Boyle will appear in the ensemble movie, and of course, her voice is featured prominently. Her new single, “Miracle Hymn,” from her upcoming holiday album, Home for Christmas, serves as the film’s anthem.
The movie also has a Les Misérables connection: Samantha Barks, who played Eponine in the recent big screen version, stars as a “lovely skeptic” who takes sides with a new progressive minister who wants to replace the town’s candles with electricity.
The film is also the first movie from EchoLight Studios since former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum became its CEO. “The Christmas Candle reminds us that Christmas is not just about reindeer and shopping, it’s about hope and miracles,” said Santorum, in a statement. “Classic movies like It’s a Wonderful Life show us that even in the most difficult times, we can hold on to the hope that surrounds Christmas. We made The Christmas Candle in that same tradition.”
The Christmas Candle is set for release on Nov. 22.