Watch the First Trailer for Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

The first trailer for The Nutcracker and the Four Realms from director Lasse Hallstrom (Chocolat) is here, and it’s a looker. The sumptuous story takes place largely in a bizarre (but beautiful) parallel world, home to places like the Land of Flowers, the Land of Sweets and the Land of Snowflakes. Sounds like a pretty good place, right? Yet Clara (Mackenzie Foy) decides to enter the titular Fourth Realm to confront called Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren), who is definitely not some sweet, snowflakes and flower loving lady. There’s also a mob of mice Clara has to deal with, and the entire thing trades on what you think you know about The Nutcracker, the most Christmasy of all plays, now given a proper big screen adaptation with a decidedly wild spin.

Joining Foy and Mirren are a bevy of stars, including Keira Knightley, Morgan Freeman, real-life ballerina Misty Copeland, Miranda Hart, Eugenio Derbez, Jack Whitehall, and Ellie Bamber.

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms opens in theaters on November 2, 2018.

Here’s the official, robust synopsis from Disney:

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. Starring Keira Knightley as the Sugar Plum Fairy and featuring a special performance by Misty Copeland, Disney’s new holiday feature film “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” is directed by Lasse Hallström and inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic tale. In theaters on Nov. 2, 2018.


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