Oscar winner Helen Mirren is reportedly eyeing the part of Mother Ginger in Disney Pictures’ live-action take on E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story “The Nutcracker”.
The Christmas-set story, which inspired the famous Tchaikovsky ballet, follows a young girl named Clara (Mackenzie Foy) whose favorite toy, a Nutcracker, comes alive. After he defeats the Mouse King, he takes Clara away to a magical kingdom inhabited by dolls.
The casting follows on from reports that Keira Knightley is set to take on the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy , Misty Copeland as the lead ballerina, and Morgan Freeman as Drosselmeyer.
Lasse Hallstrom is directing from a script by Ashleigh Powell. Mark Gordon is producing.