Jim Carrey Goes 'Carol'-ing

Jim Carrey is set to topline a new motion-capture animated version of the classic "A Christmas Carol."

According to the industry trades, Robert Zemeckis will direct the film using the same 3D animation technology he's developed through "Polar Express" and the upcoming "Beowulf."

Zemeckis hasn't had any problems luring big stars for the complicated animation process. Tom Hanks played multiple roles in "Polar Express" and the cast of "Beowulf" includes Angelina Jolie.

Carrey will go the Hanks route for "A Christmas Carol," giving form to both Christmas-adverse miser Ebenezer Scrooge and his trio of visiting Yuletime spirits.

Although Bob Hoskins was telling the press last week that he was playing Mr. Fezziwig in the Charles Dickens adaptation, both trades take great pains to emphasize that their sources won't confirm Hoskins' involvement. That's what you get for leaking, Bob.

There are many options for the definitive big or small screen version of Scrooge and "A Christmas Carol." Some old schoolers may like Reginald Owen in the 1938 film, but we prefer Bill Murray in "Scrooged" or perhaps Michael Caine in "The Muppet Christmas Carol."

Carrey's most recent film, "The Number 23," took in a disappointing $35 million at the domestic box office. After a series of stalled films -- "Used Guys," "Ripley's Believe it or Not!" and "A Little Game" -- Carrey has recently been linked to a number of films including "Me Time," "I Love You Phillip Morris" and "Sober Buddies."

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