For 'Carol,' Adkins will call in sickle


Country star Trace Adkins will make a ghostly appearance opposite Kelsey Grammer in David Zucker's indie Christmas comedy "American Carol."

Jon Voight, Leslie Nielsen and Dennis Hopper have cameos in the takeoff on Charles Dickens' classic holiday tale. The singer will play the Spirit of Christmas Future (aka the Grim Reaper), who uses his musical abilities to help Scrooge (Grammer) avoid a tragic end.

Adkins made his screen debut in this year's Slamdance entry "Trailer Park of Terror," appeared on NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice" and wrote the 2007 Villiard book "A Personal Stand: Observations and Opinions From a Freethinking Roughneck." His new single, "You're Gonna Miss This," just hit No. 1 on the Billboard country singles chart.

Mpower Pictures' Stephen McEveety, John Shepherd and Zucker are producing. Zucker co-wrote the screenplay with exec producer Myrna Sokoloff. The film is shooting in Los Angeles through April 15.