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Mackenzie Foy and Morgan Freeman for Disney's The Nutcracker

Story by Jack Foley

INTERSTELLAR star Mackenzie Foy and screen legend Morgan Freeman have joined the cast of Disney’s The Nutcracker.

Based on The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by ETA Hoffmann, the live-action film will be set at Christmas and follows a young girl named Clara (to be played by Foy) whose favourite toy, a Nutcracker, comes alive.

After he defeats The Mouse King, The Nutcracker takes Clara away to a magical kingdom inhabited by dolls.

The book inspired the famous ballet that featured one of Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s most iconic compositions.

Freeman has been cast as Drosselmeyer, a mysterious character who is central to the story, while Misty Copeland has also been cast as the lead ballerina.

Lasse Hallstrom, of The Cider House Rules and Chocolat fame, is directing the film from a script by Ashleigh Powell.

Foy memorably played Matthew McConaughey’s young daughter in Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi epic Interstellar, for which she won rave reviews.

Freeman was most recently seen in magician heist sequel Now You See Me 2 and will shortly be seen in the big-budget remake of Ben-Hur.

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