Eriq La Salle by Paul Redmond/WireImage.com
Eriq La Salle will play a
in a Hallmark Channel original move slated for a Yuletide bow. The
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 (
) plays his brother. -