Helen Mirren Joins Keira Knightley, Morgan Freeman in Disney’s ‘The Nutcracker’

Lasse Hallström will direct the upcoming adaptation of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s 1816 tale

Helen Mirren has joined the cast of Disney’s “The Nutcracker,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Keira Knightley, Mackenzie Foy, Misty Copeland and Morgan Freeman are already attached.

Lasse Hallström will direct the film, based on a script by Ashleigh Powell.

The movie is based on E.T.A. Hoffmann’s 1816 tale “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.” The upcoming film’s entire title will be “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.”

As the title suggests, it revolves around Clara’s (Foy) Nutcracker doll, which comes to life and fights a benevolent Mouse King.

“The Nutcracker” has been a popular ballet since it was adapted to the stage in 1892, which was based on Hoffman’s classic story.

Mirren will next be seen in “Fast 8” alongside Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Vin Diesel, which is opening April 14, 2017. She will also star in “Collateral Beauty.” Her most recent projects include “Trumbo” and “Eye in the Sky.”

Mark Gordon is the project’s producer and Lindy Goldstein is executive producing.

Sam Dickerman and Allison Erlikhman are overseeing the project for Disney. Sara Smith is overseeing for the Mark Gordon Company.

Mirren is represented by CAA.