For a lot of families, The Nutcracker is as much a Christmas tradition as gathering around for an annual screening of Die Hard. The classic ballet has enchanted children and adults alike for generations and it looks like Disney may have just created our generation’s best take on the story.
The trailer looks like a mash up of the ideas behind the original Nutcracker and The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, but in the best possible way. I appreciate that they are going out of their way to make dance a prominent part of the film, instead of just focusing on making a movie based on the story. And, it looks like they may have actually come up with a great new angle that adds to the mythology. It’ll be really interesting to see more about this as we get closer to the November, 2018 release date.
Mackenzie Foy, Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman, Misty Copeland, Miranda Hart, Eugenio Derbez, Jack Whitehall, and Ellie Bamber.
All Clara (Mackenzie Foy) wants is a key – a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift from her late mother. A golden thread, presented to her at godfather Drosselmeyer’s (Morgan Freeman) annual holiday party, leads her to the coveted key—which promptly disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world. It’s there that Clara encounters a soldier named Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight), a gang of mice and the regents who preside over three Realms: Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and Land of Sweets. Clara and Phillip must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren), to retrieve Clara’s key and hopefully return harmony to the unstable world. Starring Keira Knightley as the Sugar Plum Fairy and featuring a special performance by Misty Copeland, Disney’s new holiday feature film “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” is directed by Lasse Hallström and inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic tale. In theaters on Nov. 2, 2018.