Walt Disney Pictures has provided us wit the trailer for A Christmas Carol, writer/director Robert Zemeckis’ adaptation featuring Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Bob Hoskins, Robin Wright Penn and Cary Elwes.
Opening in conventional and IMAX theaters on November 6th, the film captures the fantastical essence of the classic Dickens tale in a groundbreaking 3-D motion picture event. Carrey plays eight different characters in the film, including the alternate versions of Scrooge.
You can watch the trailer using the player below!
We’ve also received the official announcement that the world premiere for the film will take place in London on November 3rd. You can read the full press release below:
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson today announces (at 15:00 GMT) that on Tuesday 3, November 2009 London will kick off a massive celebration bringing back the spirit of Christmas that Charles Dickens depicted in the classic A Christmas Carol.
Currently in New York City to promote London as a destination for American tourists, Mayor Johnson revealed that the world famous Christmas Lights on Regent Street and Oxford Street will, for the first time in history, not only be switched on simultaneously, but will share the same theme – Disney’s A CHRISTMAS CAROL. At the same time, the City of London – the very heart of Dickens’ London and the setting for A Christmas Carol, which in 1843 helped re-define the Christmas period as the festive season of goodwill to all and re-popularised Christmas – will join in the celebrations with the West End.
Set against this dazzling backdrop, the World Premiere of Disney’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ will then take place at three of London’s leading cinemas in Leicester Square creating the UK’s biggest ever 3D screening, where the stars of the film Jim Carrey, Colin Firth, Robin Wright Penn, Bob Hoskins and Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Robert Zemeckis will come together to greet guests and media from around the world. Tickets will be available for the public to take part in the world premiere which is in support of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. A donation will be made to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (Registered Charity no. 235825) as part of Disney’s partnership with the hospital, to help towards an ongoing Disney campaign to raise an invaluable GBP10 million towards their much-needed redevelopment appeal.
From November 3 until January 5, London will turn back the clock for ‘London’s Christmas Carol’, its largest ever festive celebration which will bring to life the magic of Charles Dickens’ enduring classic. The City of London and the West End’s most famous streets, Regent Street and Oxford Street will echo to a series of public concerts, events and a world record gathering of carol singers in a joyful celebration of the nation’s favourite time of year.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson: “We want to bring to life the magic of Dickens’ enduring, much loved classic. With Disney’s dazzling lights, plus events in the West End and the City, it’s going to be one of the biggest festive celebrations the capital has ever seen. Hosting the world premiere of Disney’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ will kick things off in magnificent style. With the city as its star, fantastic British actors in the cast – and of course Charles Dickens words – where else could it be?
Dick Cook, Chairman, Walt Disney Studios: “In the spirit of Charles Dickens himself, there really can be no better place in the world than London to celebrate A Christmas Carol. We are delighted that ‘Disney’s A Christmas Carol’ will literally light up London with this spectacular holiday event. We are proud to launch the world premiere of Robert Zemeckis’ groundbreaking 3D motion picture against the backdrop of these festive illuminations.”
Dame Judith Mayhew Jonas, Chairman of the New West End Company which represents West End retailers: “Like Dickens’ Christmas Carol, London’s West End is famous for Christmas. Each year over 40million shoppers spend GBP1bn in London’s West End during this key trading period. At the end of a tough year for retail, it is particularly important that the first-ever Christmas celebrations across the centre of London provide a much needed boost to Britain’s economy.
“The unveiling in New York of London’s Christmas Carol event today, by London Mayor Boris Johnson, reflects the importance of American visitors to London’s economy and vibrancy – a market that spends over GBP1.3bn in our capital annually. For millions of people from London, the UK and around the world, a trip to the West End has become part of their Christmas tradition and this year our partnership with ‘Disney’s A Christmas Carol’ will make it truly magical.”
David Shaw, Head of Regent Street Portfolio at The Crown Estate: “We love Christmas in Regent Street and are delighted this year to be part of the West End’s first ever joint Christmas lights switch-on and to celebrate the launch of the feature film Disney’s ‘A Christmas Carol’. 55 years ago Regent Street was one of the first shopping destinations in Europe to have large-scale Christmas lights and we’re now looking forward to the first London-wide Christmas lights celebration. Regent Street’s unrivalled collection of international flagship stores and restaurants makes it the perfect place to welcome visitors from all over the world and for them to enjoy a traditional day’s Christmas shopping.”
Stuart Fraser, Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Policy and Resources Committee: “We are proud to support this event which – unlike anything before it – brings together partners from across central London in a massive celebration of the capital and Christmas.
“In his book, Dickens celebrates traditional seasonal values – family, friendship, charity and sharing. This partnership is a fitting tribute to “the man who invented Christmas”, as organisations from London’s private, commercial and public sectors join together to co-ordinate and support a project, the benefits of which will be felt by our residents, workers and visitors; retailers, restaurants, hotels, cultural providers and attractions.
“The City Corporation prides itself on the support it gives to London’s visitor offer. This event provides us with the opportunity to showcase to the world the different faces of (specifically) the West End and the City at Christmas, and to promote to visitors the enormous diversity, vibrancy and dynamism of this extraordinary place.”
Cllr Colin Barrow, leader of Westminster City Council: “This will be a spectacular event to mark the beginning of the festive season across London. The West End has proven resilient in the face of the recession but this year has still been tough for many businesses and these lights will hopefully attract more shoppers to the area. With more than 120 international and 176 flagship stores, the West End has a fantastic array of shops along with scores of cafes, restaurants, cinemas and 40 theatres making it the perfect place for a visit, especially in the run-up to Christmas.”
Sally Chatterjee, Interim CEO Visit London: “Visiting London over the Christmas period can be a magical experience with the Christmas markets, elegant shop windows and incredible attractions; there really is something for everyone. We are delighted that this year the capital will be transformed in celebration of Dickens’ classic tale ‘A Christmas Carol’ and look forward to experiencing the unique festivities.”
London’s Christmas Carol is a celebration of a traditional Christmas as London turns back the clock and brings to life the spirit of Christmas with events, promotions and activity across the capital. Partners involved in this initiative are, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures UK, The Mayor’s Office, Westminster Council, the New West End Company, The Crown Estate, The City Of London, Visit London and many more. For more information on London’s Christmas Carol visit LondonChristmasCarol.com.
Tickets to the World Premiere will be on sale from Monday, 14 September at LondonChristmasCarol.com.
Disney’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ will be released through Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, UK in cinemas across the UK November 6, 2009.