The trailer for Disney’s Nutcracker and the Four Realms will be arriving tomorrow, the studio has announced. The adaptation of the beloved classical ballet will be dancing into theaters in time for 2018’s holiday season, but fans making plans to visit the ballet over the season can get a first look Disney’s take on the classic just in time for 2017’s Christmas celebrations.
Based on the ballet from Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker gained new prominence as a holiday classic during the 1960s. The ballet tells the story of Clara, a young girl who falls asleep Christmas Eve and is whisked away into a fairy realm. Over the course of her adventures she does battle with mice, defends gingerbread, and rescues a nutcracker from an enchanted spell. Disney’s success at crafting unique adaptations with films like A Muppet Christmas Carol makes this an adaptation worth keeping an eye on, especially for fans of the original.
The new trailer arrives tomorrow, despite impending reshoots on the film from director Joe Johnston. The film stars Mackenzie Foy as Clara, alongside ballerina turned actress Misty Copeland and Morgan Freeman as Herr Drosselmeyer – whose arrival at the home is the catalyst for the story. They’re joined by Helen Mirren as Mother Ginger, a major part of the original story, and Keira Knightley as the famous Sugarplum Fairy.
The first images of the film paint a pretty picture of a fantasy world filled with dramatic set pieces and beautiful landscapes. While fans of the film might be concerned about potential reshoots, director Joe Johnston’s previous credits include Jurassic Park III, The Wolfman, the original Jumanji, and Captain America: The First Avenger. Johnston’s previous projects for the studio include Honey I Shrunk the Kids! and The Rocketeer.
Johnston’s presence, coupled with an incredible cast, suggests a faithful adaptation that will focus on both practical and CGI effects to bring people into the beloved Christmas wonderland. Even Hallstrom, whose credits include What’s Eating Gilbert Grape and The Cider House Rules, has praised Johnston’s efforts. Everything involved in the production – from its casting to its creative team – suggests that this is a passion project for Disney, and they’ll take absolute care with something that means so much to so many people.
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