Joe Johnston To Helm “Nutcracker” Reshoots

Disney Pictures is gearing up for significant additional filming of its big-budget fantasy “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms”.

Over a month (32 days to be precise) of additional photography has been slotted in for the project with “Captain America: The First Avenger” and “The Rocketeer” helmer Joe Johnston being brought in to handle the filming – replacing original director Lasse Hallstrom (“The Cider House Rules,” “A Dog’s Purpose”).

Reports are Hallstrom has not been sidelined but rather was unavailable due to scheduling issues. Hallstrom will reportedly be involved with post-production. E.T.A. Hoffmann penned the story which was turned into the classic ballet by Peter Tchaikovsky which has inspired this live-action feature. New material for the filming is being penned by “Spotlight” scribe Tom McCarthy

The story follows a young girl named Clara (Mackenzie Foy) who receives a nutcracker doll from her godfather on Christmas Eve. When she goes to check on it later, the clock strikes midnight and she finds herself thrust into a fantastical world where she is in the middle of a war between gingerbread soldiers and an army of mice.

The film also stars Keira Knightley as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Helen Mirren as Mother Ginger, and both Morgan Freeman and ballerina Misty Copeland in key roles. Mark Gordon and Larry Franco are producing. The film opens November 2nd next year.

Source: Heat Vision