Guy Pearce, Andy Serkis, Stephen Graham & Rutger Hauer Join Steven Knight’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ Adaptation
BBC One has announced an all-star line up for their upcoming adaptation of Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ from ‘Peaky Blinders’ creator Steven Knight.
The three-part special is pitched as a unique and original take on the iconic ghost story by Steven Knight (‘Taboo’, ‘Peaky Blinders’) and a haunting, hallucinatory, spine-tingling immersion into Scrooge’s dark night of the soul. It will be produced by FX Productions, Scott Free, Hardy Son & Baker for BBC One.
“This production of A Christmas Carol will respectfully present what we believe to be a timely interpretation of a timeless story,” commented Knight.
The star-studded ensemble cast includes Guy Pearce (‘Mary Queen of Scots’) playing Ebenezer Scrooge; Andy Serkis (‘Lord Of The Rings’, ‘MCU’) 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 (‘Blade Runner’, ‘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.
A Christmas Carol is written and executive produced by Steven Knight, executive produced by Tom Hardy, Ridley Scott, Dean Baker, David W. Zucker, Kate Crowe and Mona Qureshi for the BBC. It is directed by Nick Murphy and produced by Julian Stevens. This is the latest collaboration between the two broadcasters and the creative team behind acclaimed drama series, ‘Taboo’.
“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,” adds Nick Grad and Eric Schrier, Presidents of Original Programming, FX Networks and FX Productions. “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.”
‘A Christmas Carol’ will premiere Christmas 2019 on the BBC in the UK and FX in the US.