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Disney Releases Teaser Trailer for Live-Action ‘The Nutcracker and the Four Realms’

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With the holidays in full swing and Christmas Day less than a week away, it’s a perfect time for Disney to debut a teaser trailer for next year’s big live-action holiday feature film, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. The film will open in theaters on November 2, 2018.

Lasse Hallström is directing the film, inspired by the classic tale of The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E. T. A. Hoffmann. The film stars Mackenzie Foy as Clara, the young girl who happens upon a mysterious world while she’s searching for a key to unlock a precious gift from her late mother. Keira Knightley stars as The Sugar Plum Fairy, while Helen Mirren plays the villainous Mother Ginger. Morgan Freeman also makes an appearance as Clara’s godfather Drosselmeyer.

The tale begins at her godfather’s annual holiday party, where Clara is presented with a golden thread that leads to the key she seeks to open her mother’s gift. However, the string leads her not directly to a key, but rather into a whole new, parallel world. Hence the film’s title, this world consists of four realms: Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers, Land of Sweets, and a foreboding fourth realm where Mother Ginger rules. Clara, along with soldier Phillip (played by Jayden Fowora-Knight) must journey to Mother Ginger’s fourth realm to retrieve Clara’s key and restore harmony to this parallel world.

Along with the teaser trailer, Disney released four colorful stills from the upcoming feature, as shown here:

Keira Knightley as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Mackenzie Foy as Clara.

Mackenzie Foy as Clara and Jayden Fowara Knight as Phillip.

Richard E. Grant as Shiver, Keira Knightley as The Sugar Plum Fairy, Eugenio Derbrez as Hawthorne and Mackenzie Foy as Clara.

Check out the trailer below and let us know your thoughts in the comments section!

Edited by: Hannah Wilkes

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  • Manuel Orozco

    Costumes and visuals look gorgeous. But I’m not sure if I will like this new Nutcracker with Mother Ginger as the villain!

  • Yellow

    I’m not sure what to think of it yet. I’m really excited to see Disney adapt this story, but I fear that it will try to be edgy like the first Alice movie and Maleficent did, movies which did not appeal to me. It looks like they got a few things right though: the soundtrack and the color scheme.

    • Manuel Orozco

      As much as I enjoyed Alice and Maleficent, I might have to agree with you.

  • Harith Sami

    Feels like a combination of Alice in Wonderland with some Narnia sprinkled on top.
    Still not interested enough to see it, specially because the last Alice movie was weak.
    Disney is starting massive reshoots to the movie and it shows, it needs to look more distinct and magical.

  • Sebastian

    I sure wish that this one will respect the ballet and not force in too much empowerment. It looks visually appealing and for me stunning. I prefer this over Beauty And The Beast any day. But in the end I won’t say anything or even follow up with the trailers until next near. For that I finally had to learn the hard way that teasers can be misleading for the final film (looking at you Cars 3)

    But I have hopes for this film and really do like the set and costume design. Reminds me a bit of (Cinderella 2015)

  • I literally couldn’t tell that was Keira Knightley as the Sugar Plum Fairy lol!!
    I personally can’t WAIT to see this!!! It just looks so magical and very exciting to me, I admit it does look too much like Alice in Wonderland but personally I can’t wait to see this just to look at those visuals and to hear that beautiful music and see those dancers!! HUGE NUTCRACKER FAN DESPITE NEVER SEEING THE BALLET LOL!!

  • Cecelia

    Looks like a spin-off to Alice and Wonderland.

  • Chelsea Warner

    Looks good!

  • Marielle

    Shiver, the Sugar Plum Fairy and Hawthorne look like a lot of fun! I can’t wait to see more of the ballerina. I wish they didn’t make it a “dark twist” like Alice in Wonderland. It also looks too much like Narnia and The Hunger Games. It needs to be more Christmassy and more magical. I didn’t like Beauty and the Beast because I don’t care for that story, but I think they had some good visuals in the rose-shaped castle and the ballroom parties. I also think Mackenzie Foy may be a better actress than Emma Watson, so that helps.