'Supernatural' Hunk Forges 'Cottage' Industry


This winter... Jared Padalecki is... Thomas Kinkade.

Blockbuster stuff, eh?

According to the industry trade papers, "Supernatural" and "Gilmore Girls" star Padalecki will play the mass-produced artist in Lionsgate's "The Christmas Cottage." In the film, already set for a December release, Padalecki will have his long-awaited first pairing with Oscar nominee Peter O'Toole.

Scheduled to begin production in Vancouver later this month, "The Christmas Cottage" is written by Ken LaZebnick and will be directed by Michael Campus. It focuses on the events that led to Kinkade becoming the most collected, publicly adored (and critically reviled) of contemporary artists.

O'Toole will play one of Kinkade's earliest mentors.

In addition to his two years as Sam Winchester on The CW's "Supernatural" and lengthy tenure as Dean on "Gilmore Girls," Padalecki's credits include the Olsen Twins dud "New York Minute" and remakes of "Flight of the Phoenix" and "House of Wax."

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