Nutcracker: Disney’s Live-Action, with Morgan Freeman as the Drosselmeyer

Morgan Freeman has joined the cast of Disney’s live-action The Nutcracker.

Mackenzie Foy is starring as Clara while Misty Copeland plays the lead ballerina in the live-action film, which is based on The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E.T.A. Hoffmann.

The story, set at Christmastime, follows a young girl named Clara whose favorite toy, a Nutcracker, comes alive. After he defeats the Mouse King, he takes Clara away to a magical kingdom inhabited by dolls. The story inspired the famous ballet that featured one of Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s most iconic compositions.

Freeman plays the mysterious Drosselmeyer in the new film.

Lasse Hallstrom is directing from a script by Ashleigh Powell. Mark Gordon is producing and Lindy Goldstein is executive producing. Sam Dickerman and Allison Erlikhman are overseeing the project for Disney, while Sara Smith is overseeing for The Mark Gordon Company.

Freeman was most recently seen in Now You See Me 2 and London Has Fallen. He’ll next appear in Paramount and MGM’s Ben-Hur, which hits theaters on August 19 and Zach Braff’s Going in Style for Warner Bros