BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- FX's new adaptation of "A Christmas Carol" includes a younger Scrooge and Bob Cratchit and a darker take on the Charles Dickens classic.
Ebenezer Scrooge, often portrayed on screen as elderly, is played by 51-year-old Guy Pearce.
Joe Alwyn stars opposite him as family man Bob Cratchit in the miniseries debuting in December.
The 28-year-old actor, who has been linked romantically to Taylor Swift, said he was unfamiliar with previous versions and came to the production with fresh eyes.
Pearce told a TV critics meeting Tuesday that the miniseries bluntly addresses dark aspects of Dickens' tale of redemption.
Producer-writer Steven Knight said he sought to dig into elements that could appeal to modern audiences, including why Scrooge becomes who he is.