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EW has released a first look at Andy Serkis’ new project, A Christmas Carol miniseries for FX.

A Christmas Carol will always be the gift that keeps on giving, but that doesn’t mean Andy Serkis (Black Panther) was immediately sold on playing the Ghost of Christmas Past in a new adaptation premiering on FX in December.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL — Pictured: Andy Serkis as Ghost of Christmas Past. CR: Robert Viglasky/FX

“Do we really need another one?” Serkis remembers asking, especially since he grew up loving the 1951 version starring Alastair Sim as the heartless miser Ebenezer Scrooge. “But this is the most amazing piece. It felt very contemporary and fresh.”

And a smidge more youthful: Unlike previous iterations in which Scrooge was played by rather unappealing men, this version stars easy-on-the-eyes Guy Pearce, 52, in the role of the despicable cheapskate who is visited by multiple spirits on Christmas Eve. “What I wanted to do was to make Ebenezer Scrooge someone who, if it weren’t for what he is and how he behaves, would be an attractive man,” writer Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders) shares of his vision. “I didn’t want to make him look like his soul, because his soul is pretty wretched. But on the outside, he’s okay. I wanted the audience to say to themselves, ‘Why is this person like this?’”

Andy Serkis plays A Ghost Of Christmas Past in the production.