Dan Stevens to Play Charles Dickens in 'The Man Who Invented Christmas'

Bleecker Street has nabbed the U.S. rights to the feature that also stars Christopher Plummer as Scrooge.

Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens is set to portray author Charles Dickens in The Man Who Invented Christmas.

Based on a book of the same name by Les Standiford, and adapted for the screen by Mozart in the Jungle writer Susan CoyneThe Man Who Invented Christmas follows the acclaimed author during the six weeks in 1843 when he created his classic holiday story, A Christmas Carol

Oscar-winner Christopher Plummer will portray the film's "Scrooge" character, while Jonathan Pryce will play Dickens' father.

Robert Mickelson and Ian Sharples are producing with Paula Mazur, Mitchell Kaplan, Andrew Karpen and Vadim Jean acting as executive producers. 

Bleecker Street has acquire U.S. rights to the feature in a deal that was negotiated by CAA on behalf of the filmmakers. They also have acquired the film for Eastern Europe, Benelux, Scandinavia and Latin America.

The Solution is handling rights for the rest of the world.