It looks like Disney is getting into the holiday spirit with a Live Version of The Nutcracker!
Mixing parts of the ballet and the original E.T.A. Hoffman story ‘The Nutcracker and the Mouse King’ this project is titled “The Nutcracker And The Four Realms” penned by Ashleigh Powell. On tap to direct is Lasse Hallstrom. Best known for ‘Cider House Rules’ and ‘Chocolat’. Mark Gordon is producing and Lindy Goldstein is executive producing.
Some of the casting has already been announced. Mackenzie Foy (“Interstellar”, “The Conjuring”) will be playing Clara. Although this will be a non-musical version of the famed ballet story, there will be one sole dance sequence, performed by American Ballet Company’s Principal dancer Misty Copeland.
Just a few days ago word has come out that Morgan Freeman is in talks to play Drosselmeyer, the mysterious magician-like character and godfather of Clara in the play.
I’m very excited to see this project develop, and find out the direction it takes. What are your thoughts on this project?