New Hallmark movie based on true story about Canadian teen with autism who breaks a world record

New Hallmark movie based on true story about Canadian teen with autism who breaks a world record

The new Hallmark movie A World Record Christmas is based loosely on the story of Auldin Maxwell, a Canadian teen who has broken several world records for stacking Jenga blocks. The film, which will debut as part of Hallmark Movies and Mysteries’ Miracles of Christmas lineup, stars Nikki DeLoach, Lucas Bryant, and Aias Dalman as Auldin. Aias Dalman, known for his work as both an actor and a screenwriter, also has autism.

New Hallmark movie

In A World Record Christmas, Aias Dalman plays Charlie, a boy determined to set a Guinness World Record by stacking 1,400 Jenga blocks. His mother, Marissa (Nikki DeLoach), and stepfather, Eric (Lucas Bryant), encourage him to reach for his dream and they all celebrate when he gets the good news that he’ll get his chance on Christmas Eve.

As Charlie prepares for his record attempt by practicing his Jenga-stacking skills, he gets the idea to organize a fundraiser that gives the townspeople an opportunity to donate and decorate a Jenga block, with the proceeds going to benefit kids with autism.

True story

A World Record Christmas is based loosely on the story of Auldin Maxwell, a Canadian teenager who has set and then broken several world records for Jenga stacking. He has appeared in the Guinness Book of World Records and has been featured on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon.

His mother, Kelly Murray, told a Canadian newspaper that she tries to support her son whenever he sets out to break a record.

“If he just all of a sudden says, ‘OK, I’m going to stack’… and it’s usually just a few times a year, I’ll just stop what I’m doing and I’ll stay up with him until late at night,” said Murray. “I’ll just get my camera out and film him just for fun. …This is a skill that he has that he can just do anytime. He doesn’t practice; he just does it. It’s like a gift. He just has this amazing stacking ability.”

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About the cast

Nikki DeLoach played Brenda Long on Days of Our Lives from 2007-2009. She also had roles on Walker, Texas Ranger, CSI: NY, Cold Case, NCIS, Mad Men, Criminal Minds, and Grey’s Anatomy. She has starred in the Hallmark movies The Gift of Peace, Taking the Reins, Cranberry Christmas, and Love Takes Flight.

She also plays Goldy Berry in the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries series The Curious Caterer.

Lyriq Bent, Nik Sanchez, and Holly Robinson Peete in the Hallmark movie Our Christmas Journey. Sanchez recently starred in a movie for the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge. (Image: Hallmark Media)

Lucas Bryant

Lucas Bryant has appeared in the TV shows Beauty and the Beast, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Private Eyes, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. He has starred in the Hallmark movies Tulips in Spring (2016), Summer Love (2016), Time For You to Come Home for Christmas (2019), Country at Heart (2020), and Five More Minutes: Moments Like These (2022).

Aias Dalman

Aias Dalman is a professional actor and screenwriter. At the age of 7, he won Best Film Overall at the Toronto International Film Festival’s (TIFF) Young Filmmakers Showcase for The Fortune Teller, as well as Best Narrative at the Calgary International Film Festival for Teen Chick. His most recent work, Tough Guy, was screened at over 40 film festivals internationally.

A World Record Christmas will air on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries on Thursday, November 16 at 8/7c.

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