Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds took to Twitter to share the first behind-the-scenes photo from the set of his new film Spirited, confirming that production on Apple Studios’ forthcoming musical reimagining of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol has finally begun. The set photo, which you can check out below, provides us our first look at Reynolds and Will Ferrell’s characters, with Reynolds describing the Saturday Night Live alum as one of his comedy idols.
Joining the blockbuster stars are Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer, who will reportedly portray the role of a good-natured colleague to Reynolds’ Scrooge-like character, and Sunita Mani (GLOW) as Past.
A reimagining of the Charles Dickens classic, the Spirited movie will feature Ryan Reynolds for the leading role along with Will Ferrell as Ghost of Christmas Present. The project will be written and directed by Sean Anders and John Morris, who are reuniting with Ferrell after working together on Daddy’s Home. It will be produced by Anders, Morris, Ferrell, Reynolds, Jessica Elbaum, and George Dewey, with Gloria Sanchez Productions, Maximum Effort, and Two Grown Men producing.
A Christmas Carol is the famous tale of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, who is visited by ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. There have been many feature adaptations of the story, including Bill Murray’s Scrooged, The Muppet Christmas Carol, Jim Carrey’s 2009 animated take from Robert Zemeckis, and the 1984 film starring Oscar winner George C. Scott.
Ferrell and Reynolds both previously appeared in the Richard Nixon/White House comedy Dick in 1999 but shared no scenes and haven’t properly collaborated ever. Reynolds will next be seen in a number of high-profile projects such as Free Guy, Red Notice, The Adam Project, and the untitled third Deadpool film, which will introduce the anti-hero to the MCU. While Ferrell is also set to lead Apple TV+’s series adaptation of The Shrink Next Door along with Paul Rudd and Kathryn Hahn.