From the imagination of acclaimed Russian director Andrei Konchalovsky, the cherished story of The Nutcracker will be brought to life in spectacular 3D & 2D version by SuperFine Films on 11th February. It’s a live action animation film with ensemble cast including Elle Fanning (Somewhere, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Babel) as young Mary, Nathan Lane (The Producers, Bird Cage, The Lion King) as Uncle Albert, and John Turturro (O Brother, Where Art Thou?, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, Transformers) as the Rat King.
THE NUTCRACKER IN 3D follows nine-year-old Mary (Elle Fanning) whose dull Viennese Christmas is suddenly filled with excitement and adventure following the arrival of her beloved Uncle Albert (Nathan Lane) and his gift of an enchanted nutcracker.
On Christmas night, Mary’s new friend, The Nutcracker (Charlie Rowe) or “NC,” comes to life and takes her on a wondrous journey into his magical world of fairies, sugarplums, and other Christmas toys which come to life. Mary soon realizes that this fantastical kingdom is facing danger from the tyrannical rule of the evil Rat King (John Turturro) and his devious mother (Frances de la Tour). When NC is taken hostage, Mary and her newfound toy friends must uncover the secret of the Rat King to rescue NC and his kingdom.
Based on the story that inspired acclaimed composer Piotr Tchaikovsky to create the music for the iconic ballet, the film includes eight exciting new songs penned by Oscar-winning lyricist and librettist Sir Tim Rice (The Lion King, Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar).
The other cast and crew include, Direction and screenplay by Andrei Konchalovsky and Chris Solimine (“The Odyssey,” Moscow Chill). Paul Lowin (Rollin’ with the Nines) is the producer and Moritz Borman (World Trade Center, Terminator Salvation, W.) is the executive producer, DOP Mike Southon (Spymate), costume designers Louise Stjearnsward (Wimbledon, Sexy Beast) and Rustam Khamdamov, and Academy Award winning visual effects supervisor Nicholas Brooks (What Dreams May Come, Fight Club). The visuals and sets are designed by Emmy-nominated Kevin Phipps (V for Vendetta, Troy, and “Band of Brothers”). Toys and animal creatures are designed by John Stephenson (Babe, 101 Dalmatians), with dance numbers choreographed by Stuart Hopps, including an adaptation of the “Waltz of the Snowflakes,” inspired by the 1892 acclaimed ballet choreography of Maurius Petipa.