The Hallmark Channel’s latest movie, “A Royal Corgi Christmas,” premieres Friday, November 25 at 8 p.m. Eastern / 7 p.m. Central. The movie stars Hunter King and Jordan Renzo. Read on to find out all about the cast (including who’s been cast as the sweet dog!) and where the film was shot.
The latest Countdown to Christmas movie is sure to melt your heart as the star is a cute fur baby! Named Mistletoe in the movie, this Corgi’s real name is Bonbon (or “Candy” in French), according to Entertainment Weekly. The pup was trained for the film by Sandra Strong, a veterinary nurse, dog trainer and animal behaviorist, according to Entertainment Weekly.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Strong shared how difficult it was to find the corgi stars due to a theft incident that happened earlier in Ireland where they were filming.
“When we went to Ireland to buy some corgis, nobody wanted to talk to us,” she said. “…Only when they realized that they [her colleague] was a Crufts judge that they would speak to us. Because about three weeks before we came over, a few litters of corgis had been stolen [in Ireland.] They thought we were trying to steal corgis for the movie. So we got corgis literally at the last minute.
Strong said Bonbon was trained from around 10 weeks of age and started training very quickly. But the other dogs in the movie were all show dogs, so training them was a bit more difficult. However, she said that Bonbon had a few moments where he shied away from doing what he had to do because something on set (such as violin bows) scared him. Just training for a particular buffet scene took three to four weeks, she revealed.
Hunter shared some photos from Ireland while filming there.
“Dabbling in a bit of Dublin🍀💚,” she wrote in a post.
Here’s another post she shared:
The castle seen in the trailer is the Ardgillan Castle, Distractify reported. This is actually a “country style house” built in the 18th century.
According to IMDB Pro, the film took from June to August to finish, with filming starting on September 9.
FTIA revealed that while the film was shot in Ireland, some pre-production took place in Vancouver, Canada.
Hunter King stars like Cecily. According to her bio, she is known for her role in ‘Life in Pieces’ and for her role as Summer Newman in ‘Young and the Restless’, a role for which she received two Daytime Emmys. King also starred in the movie ‘A Girl Like Her’.
The most recent project King has completed is the lead role in the independent film ‘Give Me Your Eyes’. She also played the lead role in the Hallmark movie ‘Hidden Gems’ along with the lead role in ‘Nikki & Nora: Sister Sleuths’ which aired on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.
Hunter recently signed a multi-picture deal with Hallmark and shared her excitement on Instagram.
“Happy to continue working with my Hallmark family! So many exciting things are coming ✨” she wrote.
On the Corgi movie, she shared, “I promise this one will get you in the holiday spirit, and might leave you wishing for about 10 puppies, too.”
Jordan Renzo, who plays Prince Edmond played Charlie Brandon in “The Spanish Princess,” which airs on STARZ, shared his bio. Other recent credits include the movie ‘Boys from County Hell’, the anthology series ‘Little America’ on Apple TV+ and a starring role opposite Henry Cavill in ‘The Witcher’, a Netflix breakthrough. Before that, Renzo Matteusz was in the British TV series ‘Class’, a spin-off of ‘Dr. Who.”