Keira Knightley to star as Sugar Plum Fairy in 'The Nutcracker' live-action film (EXCLUSIVE)

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Keira Knightley will star as the Sugar Plum Fairy in Disney's retelling of "The Nutcracker."

Mackenzie Foy is on board to play Clara, with Misty Copeland and Morgan Freeman also attached to the movie.

The live-action film — based on E.T.A. Hoffmann's 1816 story "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King" — is titled "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms." In the pic, one of Clara's Christmas toys — a Nutcracker doll — comes to life and battles the evil Mouse King with seven heads.

Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and choreographers Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov turned Alexandre Dumas' adaptation of the classic story into the "The Nutcracker" ballet in 1892.

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ROME, ITALY - MAY 22: Keira Knightley attends the 'La Traviata' Premiere at Teatro Dell'Opera on May 22, 2016 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 06: Keira Knightley takes a lunch break at Malaparte on April 6, 2016 in West Village, New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 02: Keira Knightley arrives at the set of Collateral Beauty on April 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 02: Keira Knightley seen on set of Collateral Beauty on April 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 21: Actress Keira Knightley is seen on the of 'Collateral Beauty'on March 21, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 29: Keira Knightley walks to the set of Collateral Beauty on February 29, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: Matt Ryan and Keira Knightley attend the Broadway Opening Night Performance after party for the Roundabout Theatre production of 'Therese Raquin' at Studio 54 on October 29, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: Judith Light, Keira Knightley and Matt Ryan during the Broadway Opening Night Performance Curtain Call bows for the Roundabout Theatre production of 'Therese Raquin' at Studio 54 on October 29, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: Actress Keira Knightley and husband James Righton are seen in Soho October 23, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: Keira Knightley poses at the Roundabout Theater Company's 50th Anniversary Season Party at The American Airlines Theater Penthouse on September 10, 2015 in New York City. Knightley is slated to be in the production of 'Therese Raquin' this season. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 03: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Keira Knightley and James Righton are seen on September 3, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 15: Keira Knightley attends the 20th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards on January 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amy Graves/WireImage)
Actress Keira Knightley and recording artist James Righton attend the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 22, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Axel Koester/Corbis via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: (L-R) Lady Gaga and Keira Knightley arrive at the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 16: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch (L) and actress Keira Knightley attend the Times Talks and TIFF In Los Angeles discussion of 'The Imitation Game' at The Paley Center for Media on February 16, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 14: Keira Knightley attends the 2015 Writers Guild Awards L.A. Ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on February 14, 2015 in Century City, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 11: Keira Knightley seen at LAX on February 11, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
Keira Knightley and friend attend the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House. (Photo by rune hellestad/Corbis via Getty Images)
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Lasse Hallström will direct the upcoming film from Ashleigh Powell's script. Mark Gordon is producing, while Lindy Goldstein is executive producing. Sam Dickerman and Allison Erlikhman are overseeing the project for Disney. Sara Smith is working on behalf of the Mark Gordon Company.

Knightley has a long history with the studio that began with the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise. She was most recently seen in the Working Title ensemble disaster film "Everest." Her New Line dramedy "Collateral Beauty," also starring Will Smith and Kate Winslet, opens this December.

She is repped by CAA, United Agents, and MGMT Entertainment.


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