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Elle Fanning, Nathan Lane to Star in The Nutcracker

In yet more movie news of the weird, Variety is reporting that Tchaikovsky's ballet "The Nutcracker" will be turned into a "$65 million fantasy musical," and will star Elle Fanning, Nathan Lane and John Turturro. The article continues:

Titled "Nutcracker — The Untold Story," the movie is based on the fairy story that inspired the ballet. Tim Rice is contributing lyrics to eight new songs using Tchaikovsky's scores, from "The Nutcracker" itself and from his concertos and symphonies.

Lane gifts the Nutcracker doll to Fanning in 1920s Vienna and Turturro plays the evil Mouse King. Kevin Phipps, art director of "Troy" and "V for Vendetta," is supervising the visuals and the sets.

The article also states that the movie is privately funded because the filmmakers assumed distributors would be wary of a script that is dependent upon so much CGI. So, it could be awesome because there is no giant distributor breathing down their necks and they have free reign, or it could just be weird. I'm envisioning something like the Narnia Chronicles, though I hope that's not how it turns out. Do you think this "Nutcracker" will turn out well?

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