The latest adaptation of A Christmas Carol will come in the form of a miniseries set to air on FX in December. The series will star Guy Pearce (Iron Man 3) as Ebenezer Scrooge as he is visited by three ghosts on Christmas Eve in order to change his heart. Executive produced by Ridley Scott and Tom Hardy (who also stars in an undisclosed role), we now have our first look at what the adaptation will look like.
In an interview with the magazine, Serkis admitted that he did not initially want to take on the role, but eventually changed his mind when he was shown what the producers were planning:
Do we really need another one? But this is the most amazing piece. It felt very contemporary and fresh.
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One of these fresh takes was Pearce portraying a younger version of Scrooge that embodies the same personality as the classic character, without the unappealing older look that he is known for. Writer Steven Knight hoped that this new version would make him more appealing to the audience:
What I wanted to do was to make Ebenezer Scrooge someone who, if it weren’t for what he is and how he behaves, would be an attractive man. I didn’t want to make him look like his soul, because his soul is pretty wretched. But on the outside, he’s okay. I wanted the audience to say to themselves, ‘Why is this person like this?’
There’s a good chance that Andy Serkis and director Matt Reeves will be teaming up for the screen once again, but without all of the CGI motion-capture gear.
ComicBook.com reports that Serkis is rumored to play one of the many villains included in The Batman opposite Robert Pattinson. His role is unknown, but fans have pushed for him to be cast as the Penguin since the film was announced. The chances are even more likely now, given that the film will be inspired by Batman: The Long Halloween, which includes the iconic villain.
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Serkis and Reeves have a successful working relationship after the Planet of the Apes franchise, and Serkis has expressed excitement for any opportunity to collaborate again:
Oh, for sure! I mean, I’d go to the edge of the created universe with Matt Reeves. I mean, he’s the most brilliant director. I would work with anything with him again, y’know, I mean, I absolutely adore him and we’re very good friends, close friends, and I think he’s an extraordinary director so, for sure.
Serkis’s other recent big-franchise commitments have also concluded. His Caesar in the Planet of the Apes trilogy is dead. His Ulysses Klaue in Black Panther is dead. His Supreme Leader Snoke in Star Wars is dead. There’s no reason why he shouldn’t be given a coveted Batman role.
Fantasy fans, rejoice! The Mouse Guardadaptation has confirmed two major actors have joined its (tiny) cast. Mouse Guard is a graphic novel series written and illustrated by David Petersen. The series is set in world that mimics the Middle Ages, inhabited by mice. There are no humans in this world but plenty of predators, forcing the mice into a constant struggle for survival as they battle against snakes, the harsh elements, and each other. The stories revolve around the titular Mouse Guard, a sacred order of warrior mice who protect their fellows and grant them safe passage through the wilderness.
According to this article from Kotaku Australia, Lord of the Rings’ Andy Serkis and Game of Thrones’ Thomas Brodie-Sangster have been announced to star in the feature length film adaptation. Brodie-Sangster will be playing Lieam, one of the newest and youngest members of the Guard. Andy Serkis, meanwhile, will be playing the fearsome villain Midnight, a blacksmith turned tyrant who makes war against the Guard.
The adaptation will be using motion capture to be creating its cast of colorful mice, although there is no word if it will be live action or CGI yet. Andy Serkis, who has made his name playing motion capture characters like Gollum from Lord of the Rings, Caeser from Planet of the Apes, and Supreme Leader Snoke of Star Wars, is a natural casting choice. Production of the film is slated to begin this May, with Wes Bell slated to direct.
We look forward to seeing this unique fantasy series brought to the big screen and will keep our ear open for further updates!