Photo: Lacey Chabert Credit: ©2020 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Bettina Strauss, Photo: Ektor Rivera Credit: Copyright 2021 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Robert Clark

Hallmark’s ‘Groundswell’ Stars Lacey Chabert, Ektor Rivera, Based On Katie Lee’s Novel

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Just a week ago, Lacey Chabert announced that she completed filming a movie in Hawaii. She did not share any information on the movie, or her co-star. On Monday, Hallmark made the official announcement.

However, TV Shows Ace readers already know those two details. What more have we learned? Actually, quite a lot.

What Is Hallmark’s Groundswell About?

On Monday, Deadline announced the premiere of Groundswell, as well as the cast. This movie stars Lacey Chabert and Ektor Rivera. Moreover, it is filmed in Oahu, Hawaii, the third Hallmark movie in Hawaii of 2022.

What is this new Hallmark movie about? In the synopsis, after a divorce from a public figure, Atlanta chef, Emma (Chabert) also experiences a professional setback. She heads to Hawaii, where she meets Ben (Rivera), a reclusive surf instructor, who shows her how to pivot and ride the physical and metaphorical waves.

Lacey Chabert-https://www.instagram.com/p/CeT2eQ4p7k0/
Lacey Chabert-https://www.instagram.com/p/CeT2eQ4p7k0/

Who Is Lacey Chabert’s Mystery Hallmark Co-Star Ektor Rivera?

Hallmark Christmas movie fans may have seen Ektor Rivera in last year’s Sugar Plum Twist. That holiday movie was the Puerto Rican star’s first movie for U.S. television. And now, he is starring in a high-profile movie with Lacey Chabert!

Ektor wrote on his Instagram, “I’m very excited and grateful for this new upcoming project with the @hallmarkchannel family. It was one of the most fun experiences I’ve ever had filming and I can’t wait for you to see the result. #Groundswell 🏝#Hawaii.”

Moreover, the athletically-built actor shared photos of him surfing.

Ektor Surfing-https://www.instagram.com/ektorrivera/
Ektor Surfing-https://www.instagram.com/ektorrivera/

When Is Groundswell Premiering?

Groundswell will premiere on Sunday, August 21, at 9 p.m., Eastern, on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. However, the network has not shared encore showings of this Lacey Chabert movie.

Katie Lee-https://www.instagram.com/p/CeOujNPL2y4/
Katie Lee-https://www.instagram.com/p/CeOujNPL2y4/

Katie Lee Biegel’s First Hallmark Movie

Like millions of Hallmark fans around the world, Biegel is thrilled Lacey is starring in her movie. In the official statement, Katie Lee said, “I am a huge fan of Lacey’s movies, and she has been my dream choice to play Emma, from Day 1.” She then added, “This project is close to my heart, and there is no one better to bring us along on Emma’s journey.”

Back on May 30, when Hallmark first made the announcement, Katie Lee Biegel went to Instagram to share the news. “I am so very excited for Groundswell from @hallmarkmovie! I wrote this book back in 2011 and beyond thrilled that my characters are getting this second life on the screen. A dream come true! Thank you @deadline for the story! Next stop, Hawaii 🏄🏻‍♀️”

Next stop Hawaii? Yes, Katie Lee even did a cameo for the movie. The very next day, she posted on Instagram photos from her trailer. She wrote, “Aloha y’all!!!! First day on set of Groundswell! Could not be more excited! Pinch me moment! @hallmarkchannel @hallmarkmovie”

Don’t miss the premiere of Groundswell, on Sunday, August 21, at 9 p.m., Eastern on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.

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