The Noel Diary is Netflix’s adaptation of Richard Paul Evans’ bestselling novel of the same name. 

The film tells the story of Jacob Churcher, a bestselling romance author, who hasn’t been home in almost twenty years. However, after his estranged mother’s passing, Jacob is tasked with settling the estate. However, he discovers a diary that may hold secrets about his own past.


Starring in The Noel Diary as Jacob Churcher is Justin Hartley (This is Us). Jacob hasn’t been home since the day that his mentally ill mother kicked him out of the house when he was sixteen years old. However, after discovering this diary it seems he’s not the only one it could affect. This is where we meet Rachel (Barrett Doss), an intriguing young woman on a mission of her own. Together the two will embark on a journey confronting their pasts and discovering their future. 

Also starring in the film are Essence Atkins (Marlon) with Bonnie Bedelia (Die Hard) and James Remar (Dexter). 

Adapting the film is Charles Shyer – who is also Directing, Rebecca Connor, and David Golden.

“I wanted to adapt this novel for a few different reasons. The story of The Noel Diary felt to me like one that could comfortably embrace humor and humanity – while at the same time offer great visual and directorial possibilities. A movie that, as Billy Wilder once said, “Could make ’em laugh and make ’em cry.”  I chose to cast Justin Hartley from his work on “This Is Us.”  I just knew that, given his remarkable range, Justin could knock this one out of the park.”

– Charles Shyer, Director and Co-Writer

Producing the film are Timothy O. Johnson, Stephanie Slack, and Margret H. Huddleston. Executive Producing is Justin Hartley, Norman Stephens, and Andrew Gernhard.


When best-selling author Jake Turner (Justin Hartley) returns home at Christmas to settle his estranged mother’s estate, he discovers a diary that may hold secrets to his own past and that of Rachel (Barrett Doss) – an intriguing young woman on a mission of her own. Together, they embark on a journey to confront their pasts and discover a future that’s totally unexpected.

The Noel Diary comes to Netflix on November 24, 2022, to kick off the Holiday Season!