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Keira Knightly to Play Sugar Plum Fairy in Disney’s Nutcracker

“The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” has been announced to be one of Disney’s live-action films that approach the original classic story from a new angle. It is the latest in a series of films by Disney that are live-action versions of famous stories and fairy tales. The films have brought Disney profound success and include films such as Maleficent, Cinderella, and The Jungle Book.
A recent article from the movie news website, ScreenRant, reveals that Disney has not released many details for “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms,” but recently announced some of cast members for the upcoming production. Mackenzie Foy from Interstellar; Misty Copeland, a world renown ballerina; and Morgan Freemen are all set to star in the film with Keira Knightley, who was cast as the Sugar Plum Fairy.
In the ballet version of “The Nutcracker” the Sugar Plum Fairy is only stage for a brief period of time, even though the “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” is one of the ballet’s best known song and dance numbers. It is unclear how Disney will approach telling the story of the ballet including whether or not the film will be a ballet. Keira Knightly is an avid fan of ballet and often attends ballet productions, but it is not known whether or not she will need to dance for her roll. In fact, the only confirmed ballet dancer at this time is Misty Copeland.
Knightly will be returning to Disney for the filming of “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” after a nine year absence from their films. She previously played Elizabeth Swan in their popular Pirates of the Caribbean films, which boosted her career. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End was the last film she starred in for the studio. She has more recently starred in films such as “The Imitation Game” and “Everest”.
“The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” will be directed by Lasse Hallstrom, director of “Chocolat” and “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.” E.T.A. Hoffman whom has created many versions of “The Nutcracker” will be the story creator and Ashleigh Powell, a new screenwriter, will be writing the screenplay for the film. At this time there is no anticipated release date.