Helen Mirren will star in Disney's 'The Nutcracker'
The Disney remakes are coming thick and fast-this time, they're not taking on one of their own greatest hits, but rather a tale immortalised in the ballet world. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms will star Helen Mirren as the villainous Mother Ginger; Keira Knightley as the Sugar Plum Fairy; Mackenzie Foy (who played Renesmee Cullen in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn) as Clara, the little girl whose nutcracker toy comes alive; Morgan Freeman as Clara's godfather Drosselmeyer; and Misty Copeland, in a special performance. Disney previewed the film at its D23 Expo.
In case you're wondering what the four realms are, they're lands in a parallel world-the Land of Snowflakes, the Land of Flowers, the Land of Sweets, and the Fourth Realm-where the magical story will take place. The Fourth Realm will be the setting for Clara's battles with Mother Ginger and a crafty gang of mice led by the Mouse King (portrayed by dancer Lil Buck, with the help of CGI).
The Nutcracker will open on November 2, 2018; the Hollywood Reporter reports that this was previously slated as the release date for Disney's live-action Mulan, which means that the release of Mulan has probably been pushed back.
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