One Christmas, young Clara is given a key that opens the way to four fantastical kingdoms created by her mother.
The Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers, and Land of Sweets are as magical as one might imagine, but evil lurks in the fourth realm, where Mother Ginger plans to take control of the other lands for herself.
It falls to Clara, heir apparent to these worlds, to claim the key and save each land.
Based on the 19th-century German children’s story which inspired Tchaikovsky’s famous Russian ballet, this latest adaptation of “The Nutcracker” can trace the thread of its heritage back through Disney’s 1940 animated musical “Fantasia,” which incorporated sections from the ballet’s suite.
With Mackenzie Foy of “Interstellar” as Clara, Kiera Knightley of “Pirates of the Caribbean” as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Morgan Freeman of “Driving Miss Daisy” as kindly godfather Drosselmeyer, and Helen Mirren of “The Queen” as Mother Ginger, “The Nutcracker and The Four Realms” opens November 2 in US theaters. A worldwide rollout begins the same week.
Lasse Hallström (“Hachi: A Dog’s Tale”) and Joe Johnson (“Captain America: The First Avenger”) direct from a screenplay by Simon Beaufoy (“Slumdog Millionaire”), Tom McCarthy (“Christopher Robin”) and Ashleigh Powell.