BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- Mariah Carey is making her directorial debut on the Hallmark Channel.

FILE - In this May 17, 2015 file photo, Mariah Carey at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas. (Photo by Eric Jamison/Invision/AP, File)

Carey will direct and co-star in "Mariah Carey's Christmas Project," the network announced Wednesday. Production will begin in the fall. The scripted film is slated to air in December as part of its annual "Countdown to Christmas" programming.

The announcement comes at a busy time for the singer. Next week, she'll receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She recently launched a residency in Las Vegas where she performs her No. 1 hits, including "Vision of Love," "Hero" and "We Belong Together."


(Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)