Hallmark Channel will debut a romantic new movie on Saturday, March 11, and the leading man is a face familiar to soap opera viewers: Brooks Darnell (ex-Nate, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS)! The handsome actor will star opposite Kimberley Sustad in Game of Love, airing as part of the network’s “Spring Into Love” programming.
In the all-new romantic comedy, Sustad stars as Audrey and Darnell as Matthew, colleagues who have been tasked with creating a new game that will help players find love. Audrey, a creative board-game designer, and Matthew, a research-driven marketing consultant, have just a few weeks to deliver the project — and quickly find that they have very different approaches to getting the work done. However, as Audrey and Matthew work together to create the new game, they discover that they each have a lot to learn about love.
“He’s a marketing genius but he learns along the way that this board game thing is not much about marketing; it’s more about the person and the personalities,” he shared during a Facebook Live chat with Sustad. “I like that he becomes malleable at the end. Before, he’s stern [about] who he is, and then she starts to open him up. ‘Actually, this is who I think you are.’ And that’s what I like… he’s not as rigid as he starts off.”
Game of Love is Darnell’s fifth movie for the network, and part of the multi-picture deal that the actor signed with Hallmark Media late last year. “I am excited to continue my relationship with the Hallmark family,” Darnell told Deadline. “I feel blessed that I get to make feel-good movies that all families and people can enjoy and look forward to seeing what’s next!”
Darnell joined the cast of Y&R in July 2018 as the son of Nathan Hastings and Olivia Winters. He parted ways with the soap in April 2019 and became a member of the Hallmark family that December when he starred in A Christmas Miracle for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. Brooks’ other Hallmark films include All Yours, Advice to Love By, A Winter Getaway, and Holiday Heritage, which was the network’s first Kwanzaa-themed film. He also starred in Lifetime’s Let’s Meet Again on Christmas Eve.
You can watch a preview of Game of Love below, and then tune in at 8 p.m. EST on Saturday, March 11.