The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, Disney’s gritty reimagining of the classic holiday ballet (and weird German fairy tale), finally has a trailer. The Christmas tale was already pretty dark, with plenty of death, curses, and mystical world-hopping, but Disney’s adaptation -- directed by ABBA music video impresario and A Dog's Purpose helmer Lasse Hallström -- takes the story much further into fantasy.
Clara (Interstellar’s Mackenzie Foy) travels along a series of threads after being coyly taunted by her godfather Drosselmeyer (Morgan Freeman in an eyepatch), only to find herself thrust into a new realm of toys, magic, battle, and ballet. That’s right, there’s actual ballet inside of this Tchaikovsky adaptation, led by Misty Copeland (ballet’s first black principal dancer). In fact, the dancing looks like the best thing in the CGI-heavy trailer, which touches on so many different plot threads to come that the story itself seems like it will be quite the Christmas epic.
Philip (Jayden Fowora-Knight), a soldier, escorts Clara through the Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers, Land of Sweets, and finally the dangerous Fourth Realm, where Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren) runs the show. Along the way, they run into the Sugar Plum Fairy (Keira Knightley), cascading ranks of nutcracker soldiers, and the comic Dew Drop Fairy (Miranda Hart).
The adventure looks broad and decadent, but the only way to truly know its quality is to wait until its release next year on November 2, 2018.