The first trailer for The Man Who Invented Christmas reveals the film’s take on how author Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) created and wrote A Christmas Carol. While Stevens may have been known originally for his breakout role in Downtown Abbey, the actor has gone on to forge an interesting and exciting career for himself since exiting that beloved BBC series. However, no year has quite been as noteworthy for Stevens as 2017, starting with the premiere of FX’s Legion in February, where he was tasked with bringing an iconic and beloved comic book character in David Haller to life onscreen. And not only did Stevens garner widespread critical acclaim for his performance throughout the show’s first season, but the series has been praised as being one of the most unique and best comic book shows of all time.

Stevens quickly followed that up with his role as the titular cursed prince in Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast, which has gone on to become one of the most profitable films of 2017. So to say that this year has been an important one in Stevens’ career would be an understatement, and now, it looks like he’s ready to round it all out with some good old fashioned Christmas cheer.

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Bleecker Street has released the first official trailer for The Man Who Invented Christmas – which amongst other things, gives fans their first look at Stevens’ lead portrayal of famous author Charles Dickens in the film. In addition, the trailer offers glimpses at Christoper Plummer’s performance as Ebenezer Scrooge, who Dickens converses with in his imagination, while writing A Christmas Carol under the pressures of a near-impossible deadline. You can check out the trailer for The Man Who Invented Christmas for yourself in the space above, and the first poster for the film down below:

TMWIC Poster The Man Who Invented Christmas Trailer: A Tale of Charles Dickens

Unlike what some film fans might have been expecting, The Man Who Invented Christmas looks to be playfully sidestepping all the pre-conceived notions that some fans might have had for a film all about Charles Dickens writing his most famous story. And in the trailer at least, most of that comes through in Stevens’ performance, which is zanier and more imaginative than the film’s premise solely suggests.

Based on a screenplay by Mozart in the Jungle‘s Susan Coyle and coming from director Bharat Nalluri (Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day), The Man Who Invented Christmas looks like it will act as a fun and lovable film that families can go to the theater together to see during the busy holiday season at the theater. And indeed, that means the film could also be what some audience members go to the theater looking for later this year, as a kind of alternative to the dozens of last-minute, heavy awards contenders and major tentpole blockbusters that will be released around the same time as it.

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Source: Bleecker Street

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