First Teaser for Disney's "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms" Debuts

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Knightley is playing the sugar-plum fairy. Next year, Disney is putting a fresh spin on both the ballet and the original tale in The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.

Recently we saw some images from Disney's upcoming adaptation of author E.T.A. Hoffmann's 1816 story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, titled The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.

Chocolat director Lasse Hallström is bringing The Nutcracker and the Four Realms to life from Ashleigh Powell's screenplay.

In the film, Clara (Mackenzie Foy) is determined to locate a key that will give her access to unlock a gift from her late mother.

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Other cast members include Jack Whitehall, Richard E Grant and Eugenio Derbez. Clues take Clara to a parallel world where she discovers all kinds of wonderful and unsafe secrets, and ends up coming into contact with the whimsical Sugar Plum Fairy, played by Keira Knightley. When the key disappears, she must find it in the Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger (Mirren), to restore peace and harmony in her own world.

Mackenzie Foy is Clara and Jayden Fowara Knight is Phillip in Disney's 'The Nutcracker and the Four Realms'. A golden thread, presented to her at godfather Drosselmeyer's (Freeman) annual holiday party leads her to the coveted key - which promptly disappears into a unusual and mysterious parallel world.

As is the way of modern blockbuster advertising, this version of The Nutcracker promises that "the legend you know ... has a dark side".

The teaser trailer for "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms" dropped Tuesday giving a glimpse into the world that is normally reserved for the ballet stage. Let us know your thoughts down below!

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