EXCLUSIVE: Back in October of 2019 it was reported that Disney and Bill Condon would be working on a reimagined version of a Christmas Carol. The film which is titled, Marley, is said to be a unique musical take.
A unique and musical take on A Christmas Carol the feature aims to tell the well-known story of Christmas Carol by reinventing it, conveying it through the eyes of Jacob Marley, the deceased business partner of Ebenezer Scrooge. Scrooge, of course, is the cold-hearted miser who, in the bulk of Charles Dickens’ classic, is visited by the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Future who give him a chance to change his ways. Marley’s apparition, weighed down by chains and endless torment, visits Scrooge and foretells the man of his impending ghostly visits.
We have learned today that legendary actor Sir Ian McKellen is in early talks with the studio to portray Scrooge himself. Ian is no stranger to musicals having done Broadways shows and he is currently starring in the musical film CATS.
We have also learned that production is set to begin this September at Shepperton Studios in the UK. The studio is also looking to have the film released around Thanksgiving 2021. The title of the film also seems to be Marley: Another Christmas Carol but the studio could always change that before release.
Now with any talks of casting you always have to be aware that in talks does not mean the deal is done but let’s hope that this does come to fruition. I think Ian is one many would love to see play the iconic character of Scrooge.
We will continue to follow the news surrounding Marley and bring updates as we get them. What do you think of Ian McKellen playing Scrooge? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.