Film - The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

We have been known on this site to go on at length [and on and on and on... Ed] about how Disney has taken the darkness out of classic fairy tales. Well, it looks like some of that dark may be creeping back in with the first trailer from The Nutcracker and the Four Realms...

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 ballet star Misty Copeland, Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is directed by Lasse Hallström and inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic tale. It will hit UK cinemas at the end of October next year.

And is it just me that thinks of Twin Peaks with the red owl wallpaper and black and white stairs?

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