|Directed by||:||Lasse Hallström||Produced by||:||Mark Gordon||Based on||:||The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E. T. A. Hoffmann||Starring||:||Keira Knightley, Mackenzie Foy, Eugenio Derbez, Matthew Macfadyen, Richard E. Grant, Misty Copeland, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman||Cinematography||:||Linus Sandgren||Production company||:||Walt Disney Pictures|
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is an upcoming American fantasy drama film directed by Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston and written by Ashleigh Powell and Tom McCarthy. It is based on E. T. A. Hoffmann's The Nutcracker and the Mouse King and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's ballet The Nutcracker, about a young girl who finds a Nutcracker doll among the family's gifts and is charged by her parents to take special care of it. The film stars Keira Knightley, Mackenzie Foy, Eugenio Derbez, Matthew Macfadyen, Richard E. Grant, Misty Copeland, Helen Mirren, and Morgan Freeman. It is scheduled to be released by Walt Disney Pictures on November 2, 2018, and is planned to be shown in Real D 3D and Dolby Cinema.
The project was first announced on March 4, 2016, which stated that Walt Disney Pictures was developing The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, with Lasse Hallström set to direct, continuing its model of developing classic fairy tales. The project is based on The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E. T. A. Hoffmann, with Ashleigh Powell on board to write the script. On July 27, 2016, it was announced that Mackenzie Foy was cast as the lead of the film as Clara. Misty Copeland confirmed joining the project via her Instagram and that she will play the lead ballerina role in the sole dance sequence in the film.Variety reported on July 29, 2016, that Morgan Freeman was joining the cast. On August 16, 2016, it was revealed that Keira Knightley will play the Sugar Plum Fairy. Helen Mirren was cast on August 25, 2016 as the villainous Mother Ginger.The Mexican actor Eugenio Derbez confirmed his participation on the film on March 21, 2017 as the Flower Realm King.