Exclusive: Octavia Spencer in talks to join Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds on Apple’s ‘Spirited’

The musical is based on the Charles Dickens classic ‘A Christmas Carol’.


Oscar winner Octavia spencer is in talks to join Will ferrell Y Ryan reynolds in Energetic, Apple’s new version of A Christmas Carol that will reimagine the Charles dickens I count as musical.

The high priority project comes from Dad’s house helmers Sean Anders Y John morris, which he will direct from his own script. Anders and Morris are also producing Energetic with the banner of Gloria Sánchez de Ferrell, Reynolds’ Maximum Effort and Mosaic company.

Sources say Reynolds will play the Ebenezer Scrooge-like protagonist who is visited by ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future. Ferrell is expected to play Present, while Spencer closes in on a deal to play Reynolds’ kind co-worker who helps Present teach the man kindness during the holiday season. The actress is also expected to sing on her own for the film. Apple had no comment.


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Apple beat Netflix, Paramount, and Warner Bros. for the prized package, which calls for Reynolds and Ferrell to each earn at least $ 30 million, plus like $ 35 million for Reynolds, which includes their production fees and their backend compensation. Consider Anders and Morris’s payday of $ 10 million to $ 15 million for creating the film and overseeing its production, and the project’s talent fees are above $ 75 million, by my account, and that’s even before production has started.

Energetic marks a return to Apple TV + for Spencer, who stars in the streamer’s mystery series Truth be told, which has been renewed for a second season. Spencer has really been successful in the loop when it comes to streaming services, yet she has starred in the HBO movie Max. The witches, Amazon’s Next Sci-Fi Movie Invasionand Netflix Mrs. CJ Walker Serie Self madeas well as his upcoming superhero movie Thunder force with Melissa mccarthy. Heck, even Pixar Ahead, in which Spencer voices Corey the Manticore, debuted early on Disney + after a shortened theatrical run.


Spencer won an Oscar for her supporting role in Aid, and was nominated two more times in that category for her work on Hidden figures Y The shape of water, the latter of which won Best Picture. She also served as an executive producer on another Best Picture winner, Green Book. Additionally, Spencer is developing several film and television projects under his Orit Entertainment banner, including a limited series for HBO about the infamous cult leader. Jim jones. She is also scheduled to meet with Jessica chastain for a Christmas comedy to be directed by Michael Showalter. Spencer is represented by WME.

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