The Final "Nutcracker and the Four Realms" Trailer Is Awesomely Creepy

Misty Copeland in the final trailer for The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (Disney)

Well, we knew from the first we heard of it that Disney's The Nutcracker and the Four Realms would be a far cry from the sugary-sweet holiday ballet we all love. And each trailer we've seen in the lead-up to the film's November 2nd premiere has confirmed that we're in for a very wild, very nutty ride.

But the final Nutcracker and the Four Realms trailer, which just dropped, is next-level spooktacular. Gothic techno remixes of Tchaikovsky's score? Check. Helen Mirren, aka evil Mother Ginger, unleashing armies of not only mice, but also what appear to be devilish nesting dolls? Check. Keira Knightley, aka the Sugar Plum Fairy, doing a voice that'll make your hair stand on end? Check. This film is DARK.

Luckily, to sate our dance-related curiosities, the trailer also gifts us a few more glimpses of the much-talked-about appearances by Misty Copeland and Sergei Polunin. Take a peek—and be sure to look for our interview with jookin star Lil Buck, who also dances in the film, in the upcoming November issue!


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