WHO’S IN IT?
Mackenzie Foy (Interstellar), Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game), Eugenio Derbez (Geostorm), Matthew Macfadyen (Frost/Nixon), Richard E. Grant (Withnail and I), Misty Copeland (film debut), Helen Mirren (The Queen), Morgan Freeman (The Shawshank Redemption), Jayden Fowora-Knight (Ready Player One), Miranda Hart (Spy), Jack Whitehall (Mother’s Day), Ellie Bamber (Nocturnal Animals), Lil Buck (Her)
WHO’S BEHIND THE CAMERA?
Lasse Hallström (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape) and Joe Johnston (Captain America: The First Avenger), directors; Tom McCarthy (Spotlight) and Ashleigh Powell (film debut), writers; Larry J. Franco (Escape From New York), Lindy Goldstein (film debut) and Mark Gordon (Saving Private Ryan), producers; James Newton Howard (The Hunger Games), composer; Linus Sandgren (La La Land), cinematographer; Stuart Levy (Any Given Sunday), editor
WHAT’S IT ABOUT?
It’s Christmas, and all young Clara (Foy) wants is a key, which will open a box that holds a priceless gift from her late mother. Her godfather Drosselmeyer (Freeman) presents her with a golden thread, which leads her to the key in a strange and mysterious parallel world, where she encounters a soldier named Phillip (Fowora-Knight), a gang of mice, and the rulers of three of the world’s realms, among them the Sugar Plum Fairy (Knightley). However, if Clara is to retrieve the key once and for all, she must venture into the Fourth Realm, ruled over by the wicked Mother Ginger (Mirren), and restore order to the world…
IN ONE SENTENCE, WHY SHOULD YOU BE EXCITED?
The classic story and Tchaikovsky ballet is given the Disney live-action treatment, and looks to be a magical and enchanting start to the fast-approaching Christmas festivities.