Disney certainly seems to be on a roll when it comes to a lot of their live-action fantasy work. If you take the Pirates films and Alice films out of the equation altogether, they seem to have a virtually unscathed record of quality fantastical storytelling (okay, maybe remove Maleficent too).
Their latest project comes in the form of Nutcracker and the Four Realms, an adaptation of the story Nutcracker and the Mouse King, written by German author E.T.A. Hoffman. This is a story that since faced countless adaptations, including a ballet, and several film adaptations. The one I remember most growing up is the stop-motion film Nutcracker Fantasy that was (apparently) made in Japan.
This new take on the longstanding story very much has the Disney live-action flavor we’ve grown accustomed to over the years. If you enjoyed the recent Beauty and the Beast film, it looks like this could be up your alley.
Below is the official synopsis for Nutcracker and the Four Realms:
“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.”
What did you think of this new trailer? Let us know your thoughts down below!
Nutcracker and the Four Realms hits theaters on November 2, 2018.
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SOURCE: Warner Bros.