Lacey Chabert and Will Kemp. Photo Credit: Mark Cassar, Hallmark Media
British actor Will Kemp spoke about his new Hallmark movie, “The Dancing Detective: A Deadly Tango,” in which he stars opposite Lacey Chabert.
‘The Dancing Detective: A Deadly Tango’
Stefan Scaini directed the film from a script by Aubrey Day. “I’ve been working on this project with writer Aubrey Day for many years,” Kemp said. “I co-created it, produced it and acted in it. I was so invested in this from the beginning, so I was incredibly attached and very passionate. Aubrey adapted this role for me.”
This new original film will open on Friday, June 2 on Hallmark Movies and
Mysteries Filmed entirely on location in Malta, it reunites Chabert and Kemp, who previously starred together in the Hallmark Channel movies “The Christmas Waltz” and “Love Romance & Chocolate.”
“The movie opens tomorrow and we shot it in Malta, and it was fun. Malta was a beautiful place and a phenomenal backdrop,” Kemp said. “This movie really was a labor of love, so getting here has been pretty amazing.”
“Meeting with Lacey Chabert was wonderful. I always have a great time with Lacey, and we went right back to that. The reunion was incredible. We did all these dances, and there’s a really lovely surprise, which I think the audience will appreciate, without spoiling it,” Kemp explained.
“There will be a little nod to the 1940s with a little Fred Astaire in there. I can’t wait for the reaction of the audience, ”he hinted.
Synopsis: Constance Bailey (Lacey Chabert) is a no-nonsense detective who insists on doing things her own way, which usually means doing everything on her own. She gets results, but her inability to support a partner is holding her back in her career.
When the CEO of global ballroom company Aston International is assassinated at a luxury Malta resort on the eve of a company event, strings are pulled with Interpol to send Detective Bailey to investigate.
With the event, a high-end lounge competition between the company’s top executives, proceeding as planned, she is sent undercover as Aston’s new hire. The only problem is that she can’t dance.
“I want the audience to fall in love with these characters, and I hope they want more, so they can enjoy solving crimes one step at a time,” Kemp added.
To compete convincingly, she reluctantly teams up with the charismatic and free-spirited British dancer and actor Sebastian Moore (Will Kemp), who poses as her husband. “I loved playing Sebastian,” she admitted. “I love this boy, he is free spirited, smart and carefree. For Sebastian, this is a great adventure and a great fun opportunity to teach a true detective how to dance and be convincing undercover.”
Moore’s crime-solving instincts are only as good as his footwork, even if all he knows about detective work comes from watching too much television. She soon helps her relax on the floor and at her work. But with a killer still on the loose and a growing list of suspects, if Detective Bailey solves this perplexing case, she’ll have to learn to trust her partner.
Kemp shared that he is a classically trained dancer with London’s Royal Ballet.
Kemp recalled making the Hallmark Christmas movie “Jolly Good Christmas” with Reshma Shetty last fall. “That was a little different, I had a good time,” he said. “I hope to do more Christmas movies with Hallmark.”
His favorite motto to live by is: “work hard and play hard.”
Kemp concluded about “The Dancing Detective”, “I think this movie will be a real treat. It’s a new twist on the murder mystery, it’s a fun adventure, and I think fans will love the relationship between the two characters.”
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