Christmas in the Wilds stars Kaitlyn Leeb and Victor Zinck Jr. in the leading roles.
Christmas in the Wilds stars Kaitlyn Leeb and Victor Zinck Jr. in the leading roles.( Source : instagram )

UPtv's Christmas in the Wilds cast is led by actors Kaitlyn Leeb and Victor Zinck Jr.

While Christmas movies are normally expected to be merry and joyous, Christmas in the Wilds may give an epic combination of thrilling adventure and rom-com. It is the sequel to Justin G. Dyck's Romance in the Wilds (2021).

The film follows an interesting storyline with an adequate amount of spice, enough to pique your attention in the love story of Jessica Alaway and Buck Thompson, the lead characters of the awaited spin-off.

Justin G. Dyck (Christmas In The Rockies, A Christmas Exchange) directed this adventure holiday movie from the scripts written by Neale Kimmel (Love In Wolf Creek). Here's how to watch the film and learn about all the cast members of the rom-com.

UPtv Movie Christmas In The Wilds Cast List

Christmas in the Wilds features some amazing actors with Kaitlyn Leeb and Victor Zinck Jr. in the leading roles.

According to the UPtv synopsis, Buck Thompson (Zinck Jr.) and Jessica Alaway (Leeb) decide to go on an exciting adventure Christmas holiday (spending their first-ever Christmas together) in the middle of nowhere.

However, their merry Christmas together takes a dangerous turn when their trip to the wild turns into a battle for survival. Will the pair survive in such a risky situation? How will they face the challenges in a freezing temperature?

Here is the full cast list of the UPtv Christmas flick "Christmas in the Wilds."

Kaitlyn Leeb as Jessica Alaway

Kaitlyn will portray the role of Jessica Alaway in Christmas in the Wilds.
Kaitlyn will portray the role of Jessica Alaway in Christmas in the Wilds. ( Source : instagram )

Kaitlyn, 34, is a Canadian actress of Chinese and Irish descent. She is notable for playing the role of Jennifer Doolittle in Degrassi: The Next Generation (2012-2014) and Susan in Slasher (2017).

The actress began her career as a print model in ad campaigns and billboards for companies such as Dentyne Ice, FUZE fruit drinks, Virgin Mobile, and RBC for the 2010 TIFF before entering into the industry as an actress.

She also won the 2009 Miss CHIN Bikini Pageant in Toronto. On June 12, 2015, it was known that Leeb was cast as a guest star in the role of Camille Belcourt in the first season of the ABC Family TV series Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments.

Victor Zinck Jr. as Buck Thompson

Canadian star Victor will appear as Buck Thompson in the UPtv's new Christmas movie.
Canadian star Victor will appear as Buck Thompson in the UPtv's new Christmas movie. ( Source : instagram )

Canadian actor Victor Zinck Jr. is well-known for his performance in Love Alaska, Breakthrough, and The Sweetest. He has appeared in many thriller movies such as Aftermath, Timeless, and The 100.

Born in Ontario, Victor attended Calvin Park Public School in Canada. He made his acting debut with the 2009 movie Zombie Punch playing the role of Travis. The same year, he appeared in The Night the Robber Came, Rise 'n Shine Og, and Smallville.

He went on to appear in TV movies Freshman Father and On Strike for Christmas in 2010. A dedicated and passionate artist, Victor has added 37 credits to his name as an actor and has also worked in the Camera and Electrical Department.

Melinda Shankar as Amara

Melinda Shanker was born to Canadian parents of Hindu Indo-Guyanese heritage who immigrated to Canada.
Melinda Shanker was born to Canadian parents of Hindu Indo-Guyanese heritage who immigrated to Canada. ( Source : instagram )

Canadian beauty Melinda, 30, is best known for starring as Indira "Indie" Mehta in the YTV television series How To Be Indie (2009-2011) and as Alli Bhandari in Degrassi: The Next Generation (2008-2015).

She debuted as an actress in 2008 in the popular CTV series Degrassi. Melinda joined the cast as an incoming 9th grader. In 2010, she was cast in her first feature film, "Festival of Lights," written and directed by Shundell Prasad.

Born on February 18, 1992, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Melinda is the daughter of Canadian parents of Hindu Indo-Guyanese ancestry who immigrated to Canada. She grew up in Orleans, Ontario, with her two older sisters and a brother, who is also an actor.

Kate Vernon as Janine Thompson

Kate Vernon shared her look from the upcoming UPtv's Christmas in the Wilds.
Kate Vernon shared her look from the upcoming UPtv's Christmas in the Wilds. ( Source : instagram )

Canadian-born American actress Kate Vernon, 61, is notable for her portrayal as Lorraine Prescott on the CBS soap opera Falcon Crest (1984-1985), Benny Hanson in the comedy film Pretty in Pink (1986), and Sophia in the 1992 film Malcolm X.

During the 1980s, Kate appeared on various television series, such as Dallas, Family Ties, Hotel, Murder, Remington, and the 1987 miniseries I'll Take Manhattan. She also landed the role in the 1989 gangster comedy Mob Story.

Born on April 21, 1961, in Ontario, she is the daughter of renowned actor John Vernon and his beloved wife, Nancy West. She moved to Los Angeles at age seven with her family, where her dad was pursuing his acting career.

Other cast members of Christmas in the Wilds include:

  • Laura Vandervoort as Roma Thopmson
  • Anthony Grant as Ted
  • Jennifer Mote as Meg Rogers
  • Vanessa Sears as Abi
  • Roy Lewis as Bob
  • Maya Franzoi as Rachel
  • Isaak Bailey as Marcus
  • Corey Bright as Polly
  • Danielle Yvie Chambers as Vocalist

How To Watch Christmas In The Wilds?

The new holiday movie, Christmas in the Wilds, premieres on Friday, December 2, at 7 pm, Eastern, on UPtv.

Encore showings of the film include Saturday, December 3, at 11 pm and Saturday, December 10, at 1 am (all times Eastern). It is part of UPtv's Most Uplifting Christmas ever programming event.

The My UPtv app is accessible to viewers to download and is especially famous around the holidays. The tracker app allows users to learn about upcoming series and movies on the network.

Watch Christmas in the Wilds on Friday, December 2, on UPtv.
Watch Christmas in the Wilds on Friday, December 2, on UPtv. ( Source : amazon )

The Christmas-themed spin-off will explore various themes surrounding adventure and all Christmas things. Viewers will get a combination of dog sleds, chilling temperatures, an avalanche rescue team, and joyous Christmas vibes.

Catch the dashing Victor Zinck Jr. alongside the stunning Kaitlyn Leeb in Christmas in the Wilds in Uptv, set to be released on December 2.