Disney brings The Nutcracker and the Four Realms brings Every girl’s dream of magical worlds populated by Sugar Plum Fairies, toy soldiers, ballerinas, and gangs of mice, but Mackenzie Foy gets to be the girl who stumbles upon one.
The story follows young Clara played by the Interstellar actress , whose godfather Drosselmeyer (Morgan Freeman) presents her with a golden thread at an annual holiday party that will lead her to a precious key from her mother. But at the end of the thread, she finds herself in a parallel world that was once ruled and created by her mother. At the behest of the Sugar Plum Fairy (Knightley) and a soldier named Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight), Clara embarks on a journey across the Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers, Land of Sweets, and the Fourth Realm to save the world from the tyrant Mother Ginger (Mirren). Misty Copeland also appears as The Ballerina, in an homage to the ballet adapted by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
E.T.A. Hoffmann’s 1816 story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King gets a Disney action-packed makeover with The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, which transforms the classic fairy tale into a swords-and-sorcery adventure. The whole story is a hodgepodge of fantasy and mythology influences: everything from the myth of the Minotaur, The Chronicles of Narnia, to Disney’s own action-fantasy adaptation of Alice in Wonderland get a nod in the latest trailer for The Nutcracker and The Four Realms. It’s all a bit jumbled and disconcerting, but hey Keira Knightley’s dress sure looks pretty, doesn’t it?
And in true Disney fashion, we can’t have a trailer without a creepy reimagining of a beloved song. This time it’s…No Doubt’s “Just a Girl”? I’m hearing that correctly, right? It’s a strange choice, but I guess the more-fitting “Pure Imagination” has already been overused in the trailer industry this year.