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Guy Pearce to play Scrooge in A Christmas Carol for BBC

A Christmas Carol

Story by Jack Foley

GUY Pearce is to play Ebenezer Scrooge in a star-studded ensemble of A Christmas Carol for the BBC.

The new adaptation of the timeless classic boasts a star-studded ensemble cast and is being written by Steven Knight (of Taboo and Peaky Blinders fame). It marks a collaboration between BBC One and FX.

Joining Pearce in the cast are Andy Serkis (Black Panther) as Ghost of Christmas Past; 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.

The BBC is describing the adaptation as ‘a haunting, hallucinatory, spine-tingling immersion into Scrooge’s dark night of the soul’.

The three-part dramatization is also being executive produced by Knight, as well as Tom Hardy, Ridley Scott, Dean Baker, David W. Zucker, Kate Crowe and Mona Qureshi. It is directed by Nick Murphy and produced by Julian Stevens.

Knight commented: “This production of A Christmas Carol will respectfully present what we believe to be a timely interpretation of a timeless story.”

Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, added: “We’re incredibly excited that filming has begun on Steve Knight’s brilliant interpretation of A Christmas Carol, with Nick Murphy directing a phenomenal cast in what promises to be an iconic version of the classic tale.”

Nick Grad and Eric Schrier, Presidents of Original Programming, FX Networks and FX Productions, commented: “We are incredibly proud to join the BBC in this latest creative venture, which builds on our expansive programming partnership to bring the best in television to audiences in the US and UK.

“Charles Dickens’ classics, including A Christmas Carol, are timeless tales that have been re-imagined generation after generation. We couldn’t imagine a better team to undertake this enormous task than Steven Knight, Tom Hardy, Ridley Scott, and their formidable production companies. What an incredible way to close out 2019 with the television event for A Christmas Carol.”

Further casting and details will be announced in due course.

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.