Just when I thought A Christmas Carol couldn’t get any creepier, the BBC and FX give it to Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight, Tom Hardy and Ridley Scott (Alien, Gladiator) to darken up. And if this first-look trailer is anything to go by, then sh*t, they’ve delivered.
The new BBC/FX adaptation of the Charles Dickens ghost story about a wealthy man visited by three ghosts on Christmas Eve stars Australian actor Guy Pearce (Mary Queen of Scots, The Innocents) as Ebenezer Scrooge. This week, fans got a a closer look at the Memento star taking on the role of one of fiction’s most famous characters thanks to a teaser trailer dropped by the BBC.
“Tonight, you will not sleep,” Scrooge is warned within the first few seconds of the new teaser. He later demands to know what the spirits want from him. The response sent shivers up my spine:
“To inspect your heart and soul”.
The first-look trailer’s not even a minute and a half long and I’m already getting Insidious, From Hell and The Haunting of Hill House vibes – Merry Christmas, everyone. It’s safe to say, if you already find this Dickensian tale a spine-tingler, maybe give this new adaptation a miss, because we’re not getting The Muppets Christmas Carol vibes from this one.
Pearce is joined on-screen by the likes of Andy Serkis (Black Panther), Stephen Graham (This is England), Charlotte Roley (Peaky Blinders), Joe Alwyn (The Favourite), Vinette Robinson (Doctor Who), Jason Flemyng (Save Me) and Kayvan Novak (What We Do In The Shadows) for the three-part-series coming later next month.
It’s basically a spooky AF BBC office Christmas party.
Lord of the Rings star Andy Serkis stars as the Ghost of Christmas Past in this modern retelling, and from what we’ve seen, looks set to deliver one blood curdling performance for audiences come Christmas.
A Christmas Carol will air on BBC One this Christmas
The BBC outlines the plot as follows:
“As Ebenezer Scrooge, the miserly cold-hearted boss, is visited by ghosts from the past, present and the future, on a freezing Christmas Eve, he must face up to how his self-interested, penny pinching behaviour has impacted his own life and those around him, leaving him in a paranoid bubble of fear. Is it too late for him to save the spirit of Christmas, and himself?”
According to the BBC:
“The three-part special is a unique and original take on the Charles Dickens’ iconic ghost story by Steven Knight (Taboo, Peaky Blinders) and a haunting, hallucinatory, spine-tingling immersion into Scrooge’s dark night of the soul.”
Writer Steven 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, meaning we can look forward to more gritty retellings of classics in the not too distant future.
A Christmas Carol will air on BBC One this Christmas. FX will air the adaptation in the US.
Forget that tattered GCSE booked you had at school. A Christmas Carol just levelled up.
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Having worked in children's media and publishing for almost a decade, Ben is thoroughly excited to now be able to swear in stories and features. He is such a big fan of Disney and Horror films that he started an LGBTQ+ podcast called 'Once Upon A Scream'. His mum listens.