Get ready for this musical retelling of ‘A Christmas Carol’
At long last, Apple has released the full trailer of their upcoming holiday musical Spirited. The movie stars Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds, along with Octavia Spencer, in the lead roles. The movie is the retelling of a classic holiday tale, but with a modern twist.
Spirited is inspired by Charles Dickens’ classic story, A Christmas Carol. The book has been adapted into movies and animation in the past, but this one will be the first reinvention. Ferrell stars as the Ghost of Christmas Present, who decides to go with a wealthy, but miserable corporate executive named Clint Briggs (Reynolds) as his latest venture. But the twist comes when Briggs decides to take the Ghost on a spiritual journey and revisit his past, present, and finally, future. The duo gets spirited away on a journey of self-discovery that is filled with funny accidents, singing, dancing, and even a prospective chance of love for the Ghost, who finds himself interested in Briggs’ co-worker, played by Spencer.
The movie is Ferrell’s big return to the holiday genre after 2003’s hit Elf. The actor said that he had no interest in revisiting the role and even turned down a $29 million offer for the sequel.
Spirited will feature many ensemble dance numbers that were choreographed by Chloe Arnold. Some original songs will be included, written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the Tony Award-winning duo for Dear Evan Hansen and Oscar winners for La La Land. It has been directed by Sean Anders, who also wrote the script alongside his writing partner John Morris. The duo had written and directed the Daddy’s Home films, which also featured Ferrell. Other works include Hot Tub Time Machine, Instant Family, and We’re the Millers.
Spirited will release in theatres on November 11, and will come to Apple TV+ a week later on November 18. Take a look at the trailer.