A new director will briefly be taking the reins on reshoots for Disney's live-action adaptation of The Nutcracker.
Joe Johnston, who's probably best known for directing Captain America: The First Avenger, is being brought in to handle Disney's The Nutcracker and the Four Realms as it heads into 32 days of additional photography. The film's original director, Lasse Hallstrom, was unable to return for reshoots due to a scheduling conflict, but will be able to resume working on the movie during post-production.
In a statement to THR, Hallstrom expressed his confidence in leaving The Nutcracker in Johnston's care. "The film is in very good hands in London while I'm away. I will return to postproduction after the holidays."
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is being adapted from the well-known Peter Tchaikovsky ballet and E.T.A. Hoffmann story via a script by Spotlight's Tom McCarthy. Cast members include Keira Knightley, Mackenzie Foy, American Ballet Theatre's prima ballerina Misty Copeland, Helen Mirren, and Morgan Freeman.
Meanwhile, The CW is gearing up to develop an exciting new psychological thriller series from the mind of Thomas Brandon.
Lady in the Mask will center around a slightly futuristic world wherein people have the ability to create backups of their minds. After one woman wakes up in the hospital after a car accident, she discovers that her memory has been restored from a two-year-old "backup" of her mind. As she attempts to return to everyday life, she realizes that the details of her missing years aren't beginning to add up -- and that the accident she was in may not have been an accident at all.
Brandon will be co-executive producer on the series, along with Amblin TV’s Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey. He is also currently developing a series for Freeform called Tapped, from Pretty Little Liars' I. Marlene King and The Vampire Diaries' Paul Wesley.