The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is an upcoming Disney film based on The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.


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) Christmas 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.



Disney is developing a live-action adaptation titled The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, Lasse Hallström would direct and Mark Gordon would produce from a script by Ashleigh Powell.[10]

On July 15, 2017, it was confirmed at the D23 Expo that Mackenzie Foy would play Clara, a young girl who gets transported into a magical world. Keira Knightley was cast as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Helen Mirren would play Mother Ginger and Morgan Freeman will portray Drosselmeyer. Ballerina Misty Copeland would also play a role in the film.[11]

The Walt Disney Studios panel also revealed that the Mouse King is a cutting-edge CGI creation, taking inspiration and motion capture from Charles Riley.[12]

In December 2017, it was reported that Joe Johnston would helm 32 days of reshoots, scripted by Tom McCarthy, due to Hallström being unavailable. Hallström will still oversee post-production. It was later revealed that Hallström and Johnston had voluntarily decided to receive a joint directorial credit for the film.


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  8. Kroll, Justin (2016-10-11). "Miranda Hart Joins Disney’s ‘The Nutcracker’" (in en-US), Variety. 
  9. D'Alessandro, Anthony (2016-09-30). "‘Nocturnal Animals’ Ellie Bamber Set For Disney’s ‘Nutcracker And The Four Realms’" (in en-US), Deadline Hollywood. 
  10. "Lasse Hallstrom to Direct Live-Action 'Nutcracker' for Disney", The Hollywood Reporter (March 4, 2016). Retrieved on March 6, 2016. 

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