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Disney’s ‘Nutcracker and the Four Realms’ Sets Fall 2018 Release, Bumping Live-Action ‘Mulan’

“Chocolat” director Lasse Hallström directs adaptation of classic Christmas dance tale

Last Updated: July 15, 2017 @ 12:27 PM

Disney offered the first-ever look at Lasse Hallström’s “Nutcracker and the Four Realms” on Saturday at the studio’s live-action movie preview at the D23 Expo in Anaheim.

The studio also booked a November 2, 2018 release date for the film — a date previously reserved for a live-action adaptation of “Mulan” that has yet to begin production.

“Nutcracker and the Four Realms,” based on the classic “Nutcracker” Christmas tale written two centuries ago by E.T.A. Hoffman, stars Mackenzie Foy as Clara, a girl who receives the titular Nutcracker toy and is asked to take special care of it.

The film also stars Morgan Freeman as Drosselmeyer, a clockmaker and inventor, and Keira Knightley as the Sugar Plum Fairy. Helen Mirren and Eugenio Derbez also star.

The D23 footage showed Clara receiving a special key from Drosselmeyer, which unlocks the magical, lush world of the Nutcracker.

Ballet sequences were also prominent in the foorage, including dance scenes featuring ballet stars Misty Copeland and Sergei Polunin.

“Nutcracker and the Four Realms” will be released November 2, 2018.