Guy Pearce and Andy Serkis will star in BBC One and FX‘s new adaptation of A Christmas Carol.
The three-part special, written by Steven Knight (Taboo, Peaky Blinders), promises a unique and original take on the Charles Dickens’ iconic ghost story and a haunting, hallucinatory immersion into Scrooge’s dark night of the soul.
Pearce will play Ebenezer Scrooge, alongside Andy Serkis as Ghost of Christmas Past. They will be joined by Stephen Graham (This is England) as Jacob Marley, Charlotte Riley (Peaky Blinders) as Lottie, Joe Alwyn (The Favourite) as Bob Cratchit, Vinette Robinson (Doctor Who) as Mary Cratchit, Rutger Hauer (True Blood) as the Ghost of Christmas Future, Kayvan Novak (What We Do In The Shadows) as Ali Baba and Lenny Rush (Old Boys) as Tim Cratchit.
Knight says: “This production of A Christmas Carol will respectfully present what we believe to be a timely interpretation of a timeless story.”
A Christmas Carol is the first in a series of adaptions of Charles Dickens’ novels commissioned by Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama and Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content. It will be produced by FX Productions, Scott Free, Hardy Son & Baker, with Tom Hardy, Ridley Scott, Dean Baker, David W. Zucker, Kate Crowe and Mona Qureshi exec producing. It will be directed by Nick Murphy (Save Me, The Awakening) and produced by Julian Stevens, and air this Christmas on BBC One.
Filming is now underway.