Dan Stevens and Christopher Plummer Join Charles Dickens Film THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS
The Man Who Invented Christmas is a film that revolves around the story of how Charles Dickens created his iconic classic A Christmas Carol. The movie is based on a book of the same name written by Les Standiford.
Dan Stevens (The Guest, Downton Abby, Beauty and the Beast) has been cast in the role of the young Dickens, Christopher Plummer (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Insider) is playing Scrooge, and Jonathan Pryce will play Dickens’ father.
The story is set in October 1843, "when Dickens was broke and distressed with his previous three books having failed. Rejected by his publishers, he set out to write and self-publish a book he hoped would keep his family afloat, and after six fever-pitched weeks, he created A Christmas Carol."
A Christmas Carol is my favorite Christmas story of all time and I think it's great they are making a film about how it came to be created. Here's the official story summary from the book:
As uplifting as the tale of Scrooge itself, this is the story of how one writer and one book revived the signal holiday of the Western world.
Just before Christmas in 1843, a debt-ridden and dispirited Charles Dickens wrote a small book he hoped would keep his creditors at bay. His publisher turned it down, so Dickens used what little money he had to put out A Christmas Carol himself. He worried it might be the end of his career as a novelist.
The book immediately caused a sensation. And it breathed new life into a holiday that had fallen into disfavor, undermined by lingering Puritanism and the cold modernity of the Industrial Revolution. It was a harsh and dreary age, in desperate need of spiritual renewal, ready to embrace a book that ended with blessings for one and all.
With warmth, wit, and an infusion of Christmas cheer, Les Standiford whisks us back to Victorian England, its most beloved storyteller, and the birth of the Christmas we know best. The Man Who Invented Christmas is a rich and satisfying read for Scrooges and sentimentalists alike.