You know it’s Christmas when you start to hear that all-too-familiar Nutcracker theme. And since it’s never too early for Christmas, Disney is giving us a peek at what’s under their tree in the form of a brand new trailer for The Nutcracker and The Four Realms. The film is a big-budget retelling of the classic tale of a girl who stumbles upon a magical world of sugar plum fairies, toy soldiers, mice, and fantasy. What sort of adventure waits for Clara (Mackenzie Foy) when she enters this world and can she save it from the evil Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren)? Let’s unlock the key and see.
Check out the latest trailer as well as the new poster and images here below.
Disney is no stranger to releasing these flashy big-budget adaptations of classic tales. In fact, the film looks a lot like some of their previous offerings like Beauty And The Beast and Maleficent – which are also named in this trailer, ironically. While the trailer does establish Clara’s quest to find the key in this fantastical world, it still feels a bit dizzying as it switches from sword slashing to ballerina dancing. It’ll probably make more sense as a film instead of a minute and a half trailer – which is relatively short for an average trailer.
What’s more offputting is the trailer’s use of No Doubt’s “I’m Just A Girl,” which gets the creepy song cover treatment.
The film also stars Morgan Freeman as Clara’s godfather Drosselmeyer, who guides her to the key that is hidden in a mysterious parallel world. Keira Knightley, Eugenio Derbez, Matthew Macfadyen, Richard E. Grant, Miranda Hart, Sergei Polunin, Omid Djalili, Jack Whitehall, Meera Syal, and Ellie Bamber also star.
Here is the official synopsis to The Nutcracker and The Four Realms:
All Clara (Mackenzie Foy) wants is a key – a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift. 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.
Directed by Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston, and based off of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic tale, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms opens in theaters on November 2, 2018.