BEVERLY HILLS, California (AP) — 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 (pic above) stars opposite him as family man Bob Cratchit in the miniseries debuting in December.

The 28-year-old actor said he was unfamiliar with previous versions and came to the production with fresh eyes.

Pearce told a TV critics meeting on Tuesday that the miniseries bluntly addresses dark aspects of Dickens’ tale of redemption.

FX’s new ‘A Christmas Carol’ has darker take, younger
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