The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is a 2018 American fantasy adventure film directed by Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston. It is a retelling of E. T. A. Hoffmann‘s short story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King“ and Marius Petipa‘s The Nutcracker, about a young girl who is gifted a locked egg from her deceased mother and sets out in a magical land to retrieve the key.
The film stars Keira Knightley, Mackenzie Foy, Eugenio Derbez, Matthew Macfadyen, Richard E. Grant, Misty Copeland, with Helen Mirren, and Morgan Freeman. The music was adapted in part from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite from 1892 by James Newton Howard, updating the original and adding new tracks as well. A fantastic Disney Christmas movie.