THE MAKEOVER, Feat. Julia Stiles, to Premiere 1/27 on ABC
The all-star cast for Hallmark Hall of Fame's "The Makeover" is led by Julia Stiles (Silver Linings Playbook, The Bourne Ultimatum), David Walton (New Girl, Happy Endings), Frances Fisher (Titanic, Unforgiven), Camryn Manheim (Ghost Whisperer, The Practice) and Georgia Lyman (Brotherhood, The Town). The original movie premieres on ABC Sunday, Jan. 27, 9-11 p.m. ET/PT.
Hannah Higgins (Julia Stiles) is a smart, driven education consultant. She's so driven she runs for Congress to advance the cause of education reform. Hannah's not a likable candidate, though; her elitism turns off Boston voters, big-time.
Hannah and her business partner, Colleen Pickering (Camryn Manheim) don't give up easily. Next election, they recruit a candidate - beer vendor Elliot Doolittle (David Walton) - who definitely is a man-of-the-people. His mother Allie (Frances Fisher) is the definition of "piece of work," as is his sister Bonnie (Georgia Lyman).
Elliot - whose thick South Boston accent masks considerable intelligence - is the polar opposite of prim-and-proper Hannah.
Hannah takes Elliot on as a "project." Pygmalion-like (modern day), if she can just teach him to speak like a gentleman, dress like a gentleman, comport himself like a gentleman... why he might become a gentleman, a gentleman who can run for Congress - and win.
Elliot and Hannah are about as oil-and-water as two people can be. But as Elliot becomes more "presentable" and Hannah becomes less "proper," could this be a match made in electoral heaven?
Interviewed on the film's set, in Boston, Julia Stiles says the romance between Hannah and Elliot is the heart of the movie. "They're an unlikely pair," says Stiles. "Yet almost from the start there's this subtle attraction between them. That's the key word: subtle. And that's what makes the relationship so much fun."