Justin Hartley To Star In Netflix Adaptation Of ‘The Noel Diary’ Novel; Charles Shyer Directing

EXCLUSIVE: Justin Hartley (This Is Us) is attached to executive produce and star in The Noel Diary, a feature adaptation to Richard Paul Evans’ New York Times bestselling novel, which Netflix acquired the rights to. Bonnie Bedelia (Die Hard, Parenthood) and Treat Williams (Everwood, Hair) will also star in the film, directed by Father of the Bride helmer Charles Shyer.

Published in 2017, the story follows best-selling author Jacob Turner who returns home on Christmas to settle his estranged mother’s estate. There he discovers a diary that may hold secrets to his own past and that of Rachel – a beautiful young woman on a mysterious journey of her own. Together, they embark on an adventure to confront their pasts and discover a future that’s totally unexpected.

Producers are Timothy O. Johnson of Johnson Production Group, Margret Huddleston, and Stephanie Slack. Norman Stephens will serve as executive producer alongside Hartley.

The rights deal was brokered by Lucy Stille at Lucy Stille Literary on behalf of Laurie Liss at Sterling Lord Literistic.

Hartley will return as Kevin Pearson when the critically acclaimed NBC drama, This Is Us, debuts its fifth season. On the film side, he can currently be seen in Craig Zobel’s The Hunt, opposite Emma Roberts and Hilary Swank. Other credits include Universal’s Little, A Bad Moms Christmas, and the upcoming indie film The Exchange. Hartley is repped by CAA and Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner & Klein.

Bedelia played matriarch Camille Braverman for six seasons of the lauded NBC series Parenthood and is also known for her role in Die Hard and Die Hard 2. She’s recurred on ABC’s Designated Survivor and was the lead on Lifetime’s 2001-2005 detective drama The Division. Bedelia is a client of Innovative Artists.

Williams, who is perhaps best known for his role at Andy on The WB network (which later became Th CW) show Everwood, has a number of credits to his name. More recently, he was seen on CBS’ Blue Bloods and the film Drunk Parents, opposite Alec Baldwin and Salma Hayek. Williams is repped by APA.


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