Apparently August isn’t too early to get into the holiday spirit as Disney’s just unveiled a new trailer for The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. The holiday film is inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s beloved story and is set to open in theaters on November 2, 2018.
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms was directed by Lasse Hallström (A Dog’s Purpose, The Hundred-Foot Journey) and Joe Johnston (Captain America: The First Avenger, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids) from a script by Ashleigh Powell, Tom McCarthy, and Simon Beaufoy. The cast is led by Mackenzie Foy (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Parts 1 and 2) as Clara and includes Keira Knightley (the Pirates of the Caribbean films) as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Morgan Freeman (Madam Secretary, Going in Style) as Drosselmeyer, Jayden Fowora-Knight (Ready Player One) as Phillip, and Helen Mirren (Woman in Gold, Eye in the Sky) as Mother Ginger.
Mark Gordon and Larry Franco produced, with Sara Smith and Lindy Goldstein executive producing.
The Plot: All Clara (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 (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 (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 (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.