Few stories in English literature have been adapted for the big screen as frequently as Charles Dickens’s novella A Christmas Carol, and the Spirited cast got together for another project. From contemporary comedic reimaginings to popular Muppet musicals to gritty three-part television dramas, the narrative has been rewritten in pretty much every manner, and there have been several new adaptations only this year, including a Netflix animated feature with Luke Evans as Scrooge and a movie adaptation of Mark Gatiss’s stage play from the previous year.
Finally, there is Sean Anders’ brand-new comedy Spirited, which stars Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds and has many original songs written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the songwriting duo behind Dear Evan Hansen. Although the movie is based on A Christmas Carol, whose story is well known to almost everyone, Spirited deviates significantly from Dickens’ original work, giving it a contemporary twist.
The most notable change in the movie is a modern-day Scrooge-like individual’s transformation, which is presented from the perspective of the ghosts. According to the official description, “The Ghost of Christmas Present picks one wicked soul each Christmas Eve to be transformed.” Let’s now look at the actors from the Spirited cast who deserve to be recognized for their outstanding performances.
Ryan Reynolds as Clint Briggs
Actor Ryan Rodney Reynolds is a Canadian-American and is one of the all-time highest-earning movie stars, with a global box office take of more than $5 billion. On October 23, 1976, Ryan Rodney Reynolds was born and he is the youngest of four sons. Prior to retiring from the service and starting a career as a food distributor, James Chester Reynolds, the boy’s father, served as a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and Tamara Lee, his mother, worked in retail sales.
Law enforcement personnel include two of Reynolds’ brothers, one of whom joined the RCMP when his father did. In the Canadian-produced adolescent soap opera Hillside, Reynolds had his acting debut as Billy Simpson. In the 1993 film Ordinary Magic, Reynolds played a little kid who travels from India to Canada after the death of his father. Spirited cast member Reynolds was born on October 23, 1976, is 46 years old, and is married to Blake Lively.
Will Ferrell as Present
Spirited cast member John William Ferrell is an American actor, comedian, and producer, and as a cast member of the NBC sketch comedy program Saturday Night Live, where he appeared from 1995 to 2002, he made his name. Ferrell tried stand-up comedy before joining The Groundlings, but his efforts were not very successful, he then began with the more difficult lessons and developed a passion for improvisation and discovered that he also enjoyed adopting the personas of others. Spirited cast member Ferrell is 55 years old, was born on July 16, 1967, and his partner is unknown.
Sunita Mani as Past
Sunita Mani, an American actress, dancer, and comedian, portrayed Arthie Premkumar in the Netflix comedy series GLOW and Trenton in the USA Network television series Mr Robot, and in the American black comedy television series Dream Corp LLC, she portrays Margot Daly. In the 2020 movies Save Yourselves and Evil Eye, she portrayed the female lead, but her debut acting role was in The Unspeakable Act (2012), a coming-of-age drama written and directed by Dan Sallitt that took home the Independent Visions Award. Spirited cast member Mani is 35 years old, was born on December 13, 1986, and is single.
Octavia Spencer as Kimberly
American actress Octavia Lenora Spencer has won various honors, including three Screen Actors Guild Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and an Academy Award, and she is the first black actress to get two back-to-back nods and one of just two women of color to receive three Oscar nominations. In the production of the Whoopi Goldberg movie The Long Walk Home, Spencer served as an intern, and on the recommendation of her friend Tate Taylor, who would go on to direct Spencer’s later film The Help, she relocated to Los Angeles. Spirited cast member Spencer is 52 years old, was born on May 25, 1970, and is single.
Aimee Carrero as Nora
Spirited cast member actress Aimee Carrero is well-known for providing the voices of Princess Elena on the Disney Channel’s Elena of Avalor and Adora/She-Ra in the Netflix series She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, but in the Freeform sitcom Young & Hungry, she plays Sofia Rodriguez, and in the Cartoon Network series Level Up, she plays Angie.
Although Carrero was raised in Miami, she was really born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic to a Dominican mother and a Puerto Rican father, and she graduated with a degree in international relations in 2008 from Florida International University. Spirited cast member Carrero is 34 years old, was born on July 15, 1988, and is married to Tim Rock.