Hallmark stars Lacey Chabert and Will Kemp will reunite in a new movie for Hallmark Movies and Mysteries. The actors, who starred together in the 2019 movie Love, Romance & Chocolate and the 2020 movie Christmas Waltz, will put their dancing skills to use in The Dancing Detective: A Deadly Tango. The mystery is currently in production in Malta.
“I’m thrilled to be working with my good friend @iamwillkemp again on a new movie for @hallmarkmovie,” Chabert wrote in an Instagram post. “We are currently filming in Malta and having such a great time bringing this mystery to life!”
Kemp also posted on Instagram.
“The game is afoot! Thrilled that we have this amazing opportunity to bring The Dancing Detective to life with The Dancing Detective: A Deadly Tango. Filming is underway in Malta with a release date later this year.”
In The Dancing Detective: A Deadly Tango, Chabert plays Constance Bailey, a no-nonsense detective who prefers to work alone. When a high-profile CEO is murdered on the eve of his company’s corporate event in Malta – a ballroom dance competition between senior executives – Bailey is sent undercover as one of the contestants.
The only problem is she can’t dance. She reluctantly teams up with charismatic and free-spirited performer Sebastian Moore (Kemp). But with a killer on the loose and a growing list of suspects, it’s going to take more than a little fancy footwork to solve this case.
Chabert and Kemp have proven to be a winning team for Hallmark. An exec said that fans have been asking for more movies featuring the two stars.
“After the success of Christmas Waltz, viewers have been clamoring for another movie with this charismatic duo,” said Elizabeth Yost, senior vice president of programming and development at Hallmark Media. “When Will came to us with this fun spin on a whodunnit, we knew that it was the perfect opportunity to reunite him with Lacey.”
Both Kemp and Chabert will serve as executive producers on the movie. The script was written by Aubrey Day based on a story and characters created and developed by Aubrey Day and Will Kemp.
Though Chabert grew up on stage — she played the young Cosette in the Broadway production of Les Miserables — her experience with ballroom dancing was limited before she was paired up with Kemp in Christmas Waltz.
To prepare for the movie, she trained for three weeks at home before undergoing nine days of intensive training.
Kemp attended the prestigious Royal Ballet School in England before joining
Matthew Bourne’s dance company Adventures in Motion Pictures. During an appearance in Swan Lake, Kemp was spotted by the head of Paramount Studios. He appeared in a commercial for Gap and then snagged a role in the 2004 movie Van Helsing.