The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

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The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.png
Teaser poster
Directed by Lasse Hallström
Produced by
Screenplay by
Story by Ashleigh Powell
Based on
Music by James Newton Howard Gustavo Dudamel
Cinematography Linus Sandgren
Edited by Stuart Levy
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release date
  • November 2, 2018 (2018-11-02)[1]
Country United States
Language English

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is an upcoming American fantasy film directed by Lasse Hallström and written by Ashleigh Powell and Simon Beaufoy. 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, Helen Mirren, and Morgan Freeman. It is scheduled to be released by Walt Disney Pictures on November 2, 2018.[1] The is film is being scheduled to be released in Real D 3D and IMAX 3D.



The project was first announced on March 4, 2016, which stated that Disney is 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.[12] On July 27, 2016, it was announced that Mackenzie Foy was cast as the lead of the film as Clara.[2] 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.[7] Variety reported on July 29, 2016, that Morgan Freeman was joining the cast.[5] On August 16, 2016, it was revealed that Keira Knightley will play the Sugar Plum Fairy.[3] Helen Mirren was cast on August 25, 2016 as the villainous Mother Ginger.[4] The Mexican actor Eugenio Derbez confirmed his participation on the film on March 21, 2017 as the Flower Realm King.[8]


Filming began in October 2016 in South Kensington and Pinewood Studios in England, and wrapped in late January 2017.[13] On December 12, 2017, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Joe Johnston would helm 32 days of reshoots due to Hallström being unavailable. Hallström will still oversee post-production.[14]


The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is set to be released on November 2, 2018 in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, replacing the original date set for the Disney's live adaptation of Mulan.[1][15] The teaser trailer was released on December 19, 2017, in front of The Greatest Showman.[16]


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  2. ^ a b Kroll, Justin (2016-07-27). "'Interstellar' Star Mackenzie Foy to Lead Disney's 'The Nutcracker' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 2017-03-31. 
  3. ^ a b Smith, Nigel M. (2016-08-16). "Keira Knightley to play Sugar Plum Fairy in Disney's The Nutcracker". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-03-31. 
  4. ^ a b Kroll, Justin (2016-08-25). "Helen Mirren Joins Disney's 'The Nutcracker'". Variety. Retrieved 2017-04-01. 
  5. ^ a b McNary, Dave (2016-07-29). "Morgan Freeman in Talks to Join Misty Copeland in Disney's 'Nutcracker'". Variety. Retrieved 2017-04-02. 
  6. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (2017-12-19). "'The Nutcracker And The Four Realms' Teaser: Disney's Sugar-Plum Dance". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2017-12-21. 
  7. ^ a b McNary, Dave (2016-07-13). "Misty Copeland Joins Disney's 'Nutcracker' Movie". Variety. Retrieved 2017-03-31. 
  8. ^ a b "Eugenio Derbez recibirá Premio CinemaCon". El Universal (in Spanish). 2016-03-21. Retrieved 2017-04-01. 
  9. ^ Kroll, Justin (2016-10-11). "Miranda Hart Joins Disney's 'The Nutcracker'". Variety. Retrieved 2017-04-02. 
  10. ^ Wootton, Dan (2017-10-24). "Jack Whitehall hits the big time after landing role in Disney's 2018 blockbuster The Nutcracker And The Four Realms". The Sun. Retrieved 2017-10-25. 
  11. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (2016-09-30). "'Nocturnal Animals' Ellie Bamber Set For Disney's 'Nutcracker And The Four Realms'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2017-04-02. 
  12. ^ Kroll, Justin (2016-03-04). "Disney Developing 'Nutcracker' Pic; Lasse Hallstrom to Direct". Variety. Retrieved 2017-03-31. 
  13. ^ "Mary Poppins Returns films next week". 2017-01-26. Retrieved 2017-04-02. The studio’s new take on the classic tale, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, wraps a four-month UK shoot imminently. 
  14. ^ Kit, Borys (December 12, 2017). "Joe Johnston to Direct Disney's 'Nutcracker and the Four Realms' Reshoots (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 13, 2017. 
  15. ^ Fuster, Jeremy (July 15, 2017). "Disney's 'Nutcracker and the Four Realms' Sets Fall 2018 Release, Bumping Live-Action 'Mulan'". The Wrap. Retrieved July 15, 2017. 
  16. ^ Biedenharn, Isabella (December 19, 2017). "Watch the magical first trailer for The Nutcracker and the Four Realms". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 25, 2017. 

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