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Jim Carrey will star in Robert Zemeckis' adaptation of "A Christmas Carol," playing Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. The film will be produced by Walt Disney Pictures and ImageMovers Digital, which inked a deal with Disney this year.

Zemeckis wrote the screenplay for Carrey and will direct the film, which will be made for a 3-D stereoscopic release. Producing are Zemeckis and his ImageMovers partners Steve Starkey and Jack Rapke.

Production will incorporate performance capture and blend live action and CG, building on techniques used for Zemeckis' "The Polar Express" and upcoming "Beowulf," as well as "Monster House," which the director executive produced.

A release date for "Christmas Carol" has not been set.

Several Web sites have reported that Bob Hoskins — who worked with Zemeckis on "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" — might play Mr. Fezziwig in the film, but Disney said no official dealmaking has commenced with the actor.

The Charles Dickens classic has been adapted for film and TV many times, perhaps most notably with the 1938 version that starred Reginald Owen as Scrooge.

Carrey's upcoming projects include "Ripley's Believe It or Not" and providing the voice of Horton for the animated film "Horton Hears a Who." His more recent credits include "The Number 23," "Fun With Dick and Jane," "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events" and "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind."

Carrey is repped by CAA, Eric Gold, Jimmy Miller and Debbie Klein.
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