Guy Pearce is set to take on the role of Ebenezer Scrooge in FX and BBC One’s miniseries, A Christmas Carol. The three-part series is targeting a December premiere in the U.S. on FX.
FX and BBC One confirmed Andy Serkis (Black Panther) is the Ghost of Christmas Past; Stephen Graham (This Is England) will play Jacob Marley; Charlotte Riley (Peaky Blinders) is Lottie; Joe Alwyn (The Favourite) is tackling the role of Bob Cratchit; Vinette Robinson (Doctor Who) is on board as Mary Cratchit; Rutger Hauer (True Blood) will play the Ghost of Christmas Future; Kayvan Novak (What We Do In The Shadows) is Ali Baba, and Lenny Rush (Old Boys) is Tim Cratchit.
A Christmas Carol reunites FX and BBC One with Ridley Scott’s Scott Free and Tom Hardy’s Hardy Son & Baker. Steven Knight (Taboo, Peaky Blinders) is writing the miniseries and Nick Murphy (The Awakening) is directing. Knight, Hardy, Scott, Dean Baker, David W. Zucker, Kate Crowe and Mona Qureshi are executive producing. Julian Stevens is producing.
“This production of A Christmas Carol will respectfully present what we believe to be a timely interpretation of a timeless story,” said Knight.
“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 U.S. and U.K.,” said Eric Schrier, Co-Presidents of Original Programming, FX Networks and FX Productions. “Charles Dickens’ classics, including A Christmas Carol, are timeless tales that have been reimagined 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.”
“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,” stated Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama.
Per the official announcement, A Christmas Carol is the first in a series of adaptations planned for classic Charles Dickens stories.