With Walt Disney Pictures planning a new take on classic tale The Nutcracker, director Lasse Hallström (Chocolat) is busy hiring the people he needs for the cast. Mackenzie Foy (Interstellar) was recently locked in to play the lead, and now news arrives via Variety that he has just added Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game) to play the Sugar Plum Fairy.
Originally written by E.T.A. Hoffman in 1816 as a story called The Nutcracker And The Mouse King and famously turned into a hugely successful ballet by Tchaikovsky, the basic plot follows a young girl named Clara (Foy) who receives a nutcracker doll from her godfather one Christmas Eve. Seized with the need to see her present as the clock strikes midnight on Christmas Day, she is transported into a fantastical world rent asunder by a conflict between gingerbread soldiers and an army of mice.
In the 1892 ballet, the Sugar Plum fairy is ruling the Land of Sweets in place of the Prince, who had been transformed into the Nutcracker by a spell. We are betting she will have a little more to do in the new movie. Ashleigh Powell has written the latest adaptation of the movie – which goes by the full name The Nutcracker And The Four Realms – and boasts the skills of ballerina Misty Copeland and Morgan Freeman (The Dark Knight Rises).
Knightley was last on our screens in Everest and will return in Collateral Beauty, which is out here on 30 December.