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Dan Stevens stars in a first-look trailer for The Man Who Invented Christmas

The story behind the story of A Christmas Carol gets the big screen treatment.

The Man Who Invented Christmas
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It’s almost Christmas – and that means Christmas movies. This one looks to be a keeper – a Christmas tale about the creation of one of the best loved Christmas novels of all time!

The Man Who Invented Christmas stars Dan Stevens (The Guest), fresh off his success in Disney’s live action retelling of Beauty and the Beast.

The Man Who Invented Christmas will be released in cinemas nationwide from Friday 1st December.

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Dan Stevens plays the literary genius Charles Dickens, and the film tells the story behind the timeless Christmas classic, ‘A Christmas Carol’.

In 1843, Dickens was a literary star, but struggling financially after the slow sales of his previous novel, Martin Chuzzlewit. Seized with the vision of a story that would fire the hearts of humanity, Dickens pitched his publishers, ‘A Christmas Carol’, but they passed.

Desperate, Dickens declared he would publish it himself. Slipping into the world of his novel, he spent the next six weeks laughing and arguing with his characters, acting out scenes like a madman on the streets of London for hours on end.

His family and friends worried he was going insane, but Dickens prevailed and finished just before Christmas, creating a masterpiece which gave birth to the Christmas we know and love today.

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Directed by Bharat Nalluri (Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Spooks), The Man Who Invented Christmas co-stars Christopher Plummer (The Sound of Music) as Ebenezer Scrooge, Jonathan Pryce (Game of Thrones) as John Dickens, Miriam Margolyes (Harry Potter and the Chambers of Secrets), and Simon Callow (Victoria and Abdul, Four Weddings and a Funeral), all joining Dan Stevens as Charles Dickens.

Director Nalluri’s past credits have mainly come from the world of television with episodes of Torchwood, Outcasts, Life on Mars, Hustle, Emily Owens M.D. and The 100 all under his leadership.

Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think in the comments section.

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