Lasse Hallstrom To Tackle The Nutcracker

Swedish filmmaker LASSE HALLSTROM is directing a live-action movie adaptation of classic ballet THE NUTCRACKER for Disney.

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms will follow a girl named Clara, who receives a doll in the form of a nutcracker from her godfather for Christmas and is subsequently thrust into a fantastical world.

The film, penned by screenwriter Ashleigh Powell, will be based on E.T.A. Hoffman’s original 19th century story, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, which was turned into a ballet scored by Tchaikovsky.

The Disney production is the latest bid to take The Nutcracker to the big screen after previous projects at Universal and New Line studios stalled, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Casting details and a release date have yet to be announced.

Hallstrom is known for his work on Chocolat and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, which earned Leonardo DiCaprio his first Oscar nomination in 1994. The filmmaker was also shortlisted for the Best Director Academy Award for his work on 1999’s The Cider House Rules, which won two Oscars – Best Actor for Michael Caine and Best Screenplay for John Irving. (MT/WNWCHR/MT)