With Christmas coming up on the horizon, it seems appropriate that we’ll have a few Christmas-themed film stories to bring you, and this sounds like an interesting one to me.

Known best for her roles in 8 Mile and Hustle & Flow, both Oscar-winning films, Taryn Manning is now set to take the lead on the indie film, A White Trash Christmas, Deadline report, which is to be a new take on the Christmas Carol story we all so know and love.

The film centres on,

“the tribulations of of a trashy, whiskey-soaked, unemployed hairdresser and mother (Manning) who is visited by three ghosts who try to show her a path to a brighter future.”

Though I admit that I’ve not seen Hustle & Flow (yet; it is on my To Buy list), I thought Manning was great in her part in 8 Mile, and was brilliant in Weirdsville, another fantastic indie in which she was the female lead (if you’ve not seen it, I highly recommend that you seek it out as soon as you can, because it’s so good).

The Christmas Carol story is one that’s been adapted many times over the years – including my own personal favourite incarnation, The Muppet Christmas Carol – and this project sounds like a really interesting take on the original, something different to everything else I’ve seen.

Ron Carlson will be directing from a script he co-wrote with Terri Kaufman, and there’s probably a good chance that we’ll be seeing this come together in time for the holiday season next year. I’m just hoping that we’ll get to see it here in the UK, because this really does sound like it has a lot of potential to be good. More news as we get it.