Guy Pearce will lead BBC’s A Christmas Carol series

Guy Pearce has nabbed the lead role in the BBC’s upcoming adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. He’ll be playing Ebenezer Scrooge, at the core of an impressive cast…

Pearce’s casting comes as a little bit of a surprise, as many had expected Tom Hardy to take the starring role. That’s because Hardy is executive producing the series with his Peaky Blinders and Taboo collaborator, Steven Knight.

Elsewhere in the cast, TV Wise reports that Andy Serkis is playing The Ghost of Christmas Past, Stephen Graham is Jacob Marley, Charlotte Riley is Lottie, Joe Alwyn is Bob Cratchit, Vinette Robinson is Mary Cratchit, Rutger Hauer is The Ghost of Christmas Future, Kayvan Novak is Ali Baba and Lenny Rush is Tim Cratchit.

Apparently, there is more casting to come, so Hardy could yet give himself a role. The Ghost Of Christmas Present, perhaps?

The American FX network has partnered up with the BBC to co-produce the series, with FX’s Nick Grad and Eric Schrier offering this statement:

“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.”

Once A Christmas Carol has aired, which is expected to happen towards the end of the year, the same team is believed to be moving onto some other Dickens classics. We look forward to seeing what they come up with…