Morgan Freeman to Play Drosselmeyer in Disney’s Nutcracker

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Morgan Freeman to Play Drosselmeyer in Disney's Nutcracker

Morgan Freeman to play Drosselmeyer in Disney’s Nutcracker

Morgan Freeman is in negotiations to play the mysterious Drosselmeyer in Disney Pictures‘ new live-action version of “The Nutcracker,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. Mackenzie Foy is playing Clara in the film, while American Ballet Theatre dancer Misty Copeland plays the lead ballerina role for the dance sequences.

Lasse Hallstrom (The Hundred-Foot Journey, The Cider House Rules, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape) is on board to direct the revisionist take under the title The Nutcracker and the Four Realms from a script by Ashleigh Powell. 

Most famously adapted as a ballet by Tchaikovsky in the late 19th century, the tale originated as a short story titled “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” by E.T.A. Hoffmann in 1816. In it, a young girl’s dolls come to life on Christmas Eve alongside a noble nutcracker, who protects her from a villainous army of mice. There is no word on how much fidelity this new take will have to the original source material, although Powell apparently spent two solid years developing the project. 

Mark Gordon is producing the live-action The Nutcracker and the Four Realms project, with Lindy Goldstein executive producing.

Technically this is yet another live-action remake of a classic Disney animation, as a famous segment in 1940’s Fantasia was built around the ballet, albeit with little naked fairies doing the dancing. More recent live-action attempts have met with box office failure, including George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker in 1993 featuring Macaulay Culkin, and 2009’s $90 million dud Nutcracker in 3D starring Elle Fanning, Nathan Lane and John Turturro.

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