Putting a whole new spin on E.T.A. Hoffmann's The Nutcracker and the Mouse King story and Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker ballet, the film follows Clara (Mackenzie Foy), a young girl reeling from the death of her mother around Christmastime. In true Narnia fashion, she stumbles upon a Yuletide fantasy world (created by her mother) after being presented with a mysterious key by her godfather, Drosselmeyer (Morgan Freeman).
Co-directed by Lasse Hallström (A Dog's Purpose) and Joe Johnston (Captain America: The First Avenger), the movie looks like a pure feast for the eyes and one of Disney's most beautifully surreal projects since Fantasia. Think of it as a mix between Alice in Wonderland, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Wizard of Oz, and Pan's Labyrinth.
Watch the trailer below:
Johnston was a particularly nice bit of hiring, since it looks like he strove for the sort of style he used in 1994's The Pagemaster, which used books as a springboard for transporting the audience into new, exciting, and frightening new worlds. The Nutcracker will do the same, but with the holiday of Christmas.
Keira Knightley (Sugar Plum Fairy), Helen Mirren (Mother Ginger), Eugenio Derbez (Flower Realm King), Matthew Macfadyen (Mr. Stahlbaum), Richard E. Grant (Snow Realm King), Misty Copeland (The Ballerina), Jack Whitehall (Harlequin), and Miranda Hart (Dew Drop Fairy) all co-star.
Check out the new poster, too:
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms arrives under the tree Nov. 2.