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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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ktownpolarbear ktownpolarbear 10 years
i'm definitely excited to see this pairing. plus, she's absolutely adorable.
bellarose bellarose 10 years
she is so much cuter than her sister!
ALSW ALSW 10 years
I love the Nutcracker, but I'm not sure about this. Have to wait and see, I guess!
Jinx Jinx 10 years
Help me, I didn't think we needed a 65 million dollar Nutcracker. The only thing worse would be the "untold story", like how bad we needed the untold Grinch story. UGH!
pinkangelmonkey pinkangelmonkey 10 years
i love the nutcracker so this is kind of exciting for me. i would definitely go check it out. i love nathan lane. elle fanning is such a cute kid.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 10 years
This sounds really good. I hope they don't mess it up.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 10 years
Huh. Nathan Lane almost always annoys the PISS out of me (although I liked him on SATC), but I like Elle. More than her creepy sister, anyway. And I :heart: John Turturro.
pinupsweetheart pinupsweetheart 10 years
Awww! She would be perfect!
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