Director Lasse Hallström will bring The Nutcracker alive for Disney, a studio spokesperson confirmed to EW.
The movie, written by Ashleigh Powell, is currently titled The Nutcracker and the Four Realms and is an adaptation of Tchaikovsky’s late 19th century ballet. The Russian composer’s work was a take on the 1816 story The Nutcracker and The Mouse King, penned by Prussian scribe E.T.A. Hoffman.
The tale centers on a child, Clara, who receives a nutcracker for Christmas. In the middle of the night, the toy grows to the size of a man, prompting a battle between gingerbread soldiers and mice that Clara witnesses.
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Hallström recently directed The Hundred-Foot Journey, starring Helen Mirren. (EW gave it a B.) He’s also helmed Chocolat, The Cider House Rules, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, and Dear John.
Mark Gordon will serve as a producer, while Lindy Goldstein will executive produce.
The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.