5 things we know about Disney’s ‘ The Nutcracker and the Four Realms’ featuring Misty Copeland – Orange County Register

Walt Disney Co. recently released a trailer for “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms,” live-action fantasy film that is set to open in November 2018. The film stars Keira Knightley, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren and Mackenzie Foy (from “Interstellar” and “Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2”).

While it is not a dance movie, “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” does pay homage to the Christmas ballet classic with a special dance appearance by high-profile ballerina Misty Copeland.

The sneak peek lasts less than 2 minutes, but here are 5 things we can presume about the upcoming feature film.

1. It is a lot darker than the light-hearted holiday dance staple it references.

“The legend you know has a dark side,” the trailer teases as it reveals a sinister-looking world that looks like the live-action “Alice in Wonderland” starring Johnny Depp mixed with “The Chronicles of Narnia.” Gone are the whimsical dancing candies and here to stay are ominous dark hallways that lead Clara to a fantasyland filled with an army of mice and an evil Mother Ginger played by Mirren.

2. Recognizable parts of the ballet we know and love will be highlighted as the different realms.

Clara travels through the Land of the Snowflakes, the Land of Flowers and the Land of Sweets on her way to the fourth realm where she must look for a coveted key — familiar dance sequences not included.

3. Misty Copeland is not the Sugar Plum Fairy, but she will dance.

Right now, Copeland’s character is listed simply as “The Ballerina” on IMDB, but in an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Copeland said the studio is still working on a name for her character. In the trailer, there is a brief shot of her twirling in a romantic tutu and it appears her character performs a show-within-a-show for the other characters in the movie.

4. The “bad boy” of ballet Sergei Polunin may be Copeland’s onscreen dance partner.

Polunin, famous for his viral “Take me to Church” YouTube…

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