Jared Padalecki has been cast as Thomas Kinkade alongside Peter O'Toole in Lionsgate's "The Christmas Cottage," based on the life of Kinkade and his painting of the same name. Michael Campus will direct the film, which goes into production this month in Vancouver and Whistler.
Padalecki will play Kinkade, one of America's most collected living artists who used his gift as an artist to portray his life-affirming values and explore the world around him. O'Toole will play a painter named Glen Wessler, based on one of Kinkade's mentors. A holiday release is planned.
The film is part of an intended three-picture deal between Lionsgate and Kinkade. The next two films, also planned with Padalecki as Kinkade, will be based on other paintings and reflect different points in Kinkade's life.
"Cottage" also will be produced by the Firm and Kinkade's Birch label. Producers are the Firm's Julie Yorn, Michael and Arla Dietz Campus as well as Thomas and Nanette Kinkade.
Padalecki stars as Sam Winchester on the CW's "Supernatural"; he also is known for his role as Dean Forester on the television series "Gilmore Girls." His film credits include "Cry Wolf," "House of Wax" and "Flight of the Phoenix."