Movies: The Man Who Invented Christmas

Bleecker Street has released its first trailer for the upcoming Charles Dickens biopic The Man Who Invented Christmas, based on Les Standiford's book The Man Who Invented Christmas: How Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits. Directed by Bharat Nalluri (Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day) from a script by Susan Coyne, the film stars Dan Stevens "as a young Dickens, Christopher Plummer as the cold-spirited Ebenezer Scrooge, and Jonathan Pryce as Dickens' father," Deadline reported.

"The Man Who Invented Christmas is a magical realist story based on some truth about the period of time that Charles Dickens spent in the run up to publishing A Christmas Carol," Stevens told Entertainment Weekly. "I just thought it was a really fresh take on that whole world. Particularly in England, Dickens is placed on a pedestal. But the guy was, at turns, quite playful and childish, and, at turns, quite dark and not a very pleasant man." The movie opens November 22.

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