Eriq La Salle by Paul Redmond/WireImage.com
Eriq La Salle will play a Relative Stranger in a Hallmark Channel original move slated for a Yuletide bow. The ER alum stars as a man who abandons his wife, kids and extended family, then returns years later when his father dies. He reunites with his estranged brood in the process.

Cicely Tyson has been cast as La Salle's mom, while Michael Beach ( Third Watch) plays his brother. - MWM