Most of Disney’s recent family-friendly live-action fantasies have been based on their animated movies (Beauty & The Beast, Maleficent, The Jungle Book). However, with The Nutcracker And The Four Realms, they’re relying on the popularity of Tchaikovsy’s classic ballet rather than their own back catalogue. But from the looks of this trailer they’re still giving it a massive fantasy treatment with a film that looks a little Narnia and a little Alice In Wonderland.
Here’s the synopsis: ‘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. In UK cinemas October 2018.’
The movie is due in cinemas October 2018. Take a look at the trailer below.