“You are fettered,” said Scrooge, trembling. “Tell me why?”

“I wear the chain I forged in life,” replied the Ghost. “I made it link by link, and yard by yard; I girded it on of my own free will, and of my own free will I wore it. Is its pattern strange to you?”

Scrooge trembled more and more.

“Or would you know,” pursued the Ghost, “the weight and length of the strong coil you bear yourself? It was full as heavy and as long as this, seven Christmas Eves ago. You have laboured on it since. It is a ponderous chain!”

Wait, this is a site about ghosts and the like, why am I writing about Christmas?

The preceding is one of my favorite passages from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, which I read every year. But what most people forget is that at its core, it is a ghost story. One of, if not the greatest ghost story ever told.

So I was beyond excited to read about a new movie coming out this November 22nd, The Man Who Invented Christmas. The film follows fledgling writer, Charles Dickens, as he struggles to come up with an idea for his next book, his last few literary contributions being relative flops.

The first trailer is available, and as a period piece, it looks stunning. What’s unique is how it tells the story, with the characters literally coming to life, at least in Dickens’ imagination, to guide (and sometimes heckle) him along the way.

Dickens is played by Dan Stevens of Downton Abbey and Beauty and the Beast. Other notables include Jonathan Pryce as Dickens’ father and none other than Christopher Plummer as Ebenezer Scrooge.

This definitely isn’t a straight Victorian biopic about Dickens’ life, but a playful imagining of a moment in time in which an author quite literally “invented” much of what we call Christmas today.

Based on this first peek, I have extremely high hopes and am looking forward to seeing it this November.

In the meantime, check out the trailer above and stills from the movie below.