I suppose adapting The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E.T.A. Hoffmann into a Rob Marshall-esque fantasy falls right in line with the Disney brand of live-action fairy tale cinema, but then this trailer drops and I suddenly question ever liking anything from the Mouse House.
Take a look:
When combined with that trailer, this synopsis proves this movie is distinctly "Not For Me", but it could be for you (who knows):
"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) 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."
Featuring Keira Knightly as the Sugar Plum Fairy, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms still has quite a while before its released (November 8th, 2018). Originally directed by Lasse Hallström, Joe Johnston (Captain America: The First Avenger) was recently brought in to perform reshoots/finish the picture (to the tune of 32 days!), since Hallström was unavailable due to a scheduling conflict. Another weird BTS story from 2017, as workmen continue to thrive in our current studio enviroment.