FX has released a new trailer for their upcoming adaptation of the holiday classic, A Christmas Carol. Premiering on the network on December 19th, this decidedly darker (yes, darker than it already is) take on the story has some more adult themes and language, so discretion is advised when viewing the trailer below.

What’s Happening:

  • FX’s A Christmas Carol is an original take on Charles Dickens’ iconic ghost story by Steven Knight. The FX Original Movie is a spine-tingling immersion into Ebenezer Scrooge’s dark night of the soul. The dark reimagining of the classic tale is produced by FX Productions in association with the BBC, Scott Free, and Tom Hardy’s Hardy Son & Baker.
  • A Christmas Carol has been adapted numerous times before, as recently as 2009 starring Jim Carrey and directed by Robert Zemeckis, or by taking familiar characters and placing them in the classic story, with titles such as Mickey’s Christmas Carol or (arguably one of the best interpretations of the story) The Muppet Christmas Carol.
  • FX’s A Christmas Carol definitely has a darker tone with a stronger focus on the grim and ghouls based on the trailer, as well as a more wretched Ebenezer Scrooge.
  • Scrooge (played by Memento actor Guy Pearce) will once again be visited by several spirits throughout Christmas night, introduced by former business partner, Jacob Marley, played by Stephen Graham (Snatch, Boardwalk Empire), who based on the trailer, might have a larger role in the story.
  • The Ghost of Christmas Past will be played by Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings, Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Charlotte Riley (Peaky Blinders) as the Ghost of Christmas Present, Jason Flemyng (Pennyworth) as the Ghost of Christmas Future, and Joe Alwyn (Mary Queen of Scots) as Bob Cratchit.
  • FX’s A Christmas Carol is written by Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders) and will premiere on the network on December 19th, with encore presentations Christmas Week.