AceShowbiz - Helen Mirren is currently in negotiations to join the burgeoning cast of Disney's "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms". According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 71-year-old actress is eyed for the role of Mother Ginger in the adaptation of E.T.A. Hoffman's classic Christmas Eve tale.
If the deal is sealed, Mirren, who recently wrapped the filming on "Fast and Furious 8", will join Misty Copeland, who will tackle the lead ballerina role, and Morgan Freeman, who is cast as Drosselmeyer. She will also star alongside Keira Knightley who has been tapped as the Sugar Plum Fairy.
Young "Twilight" actress Mackenzie Foy is set to topline the adaptation of the classic ballet which will be helmed by Lasse Hallstrom. Based on a screenplay written by Ashleigh Powell, the live-action movie follows a young girl named Clara who finds a Nutcracker doll. At night, the Nutcracker comes to life along with an evil Mouse King. It leads the girl to the magical world of toys that will change her life forever.
In other casting news, Deadline has reported that Sarah Paulson is eying a role in "Ocean's Eight". If the deal is closed, the 41-year-old actress will complete the cast ensemble, including Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling and Awkwafina, in the remake of "Ocean's Eleven".
Though the story is still kept under tight wraps, the movie is rumored to have a group of eight protagonists instead of the traditional eleven. Gary Ross will direct the film from a screenplay he co-writes with Olivia Milch. Meanwhile, "Ocean's Eleven" director Steven Soderbergh serves as a producer. The filming is expected to begin this October in New York.
Paulson played the role of Harriet Hayes on the NBC comedy-drama series "Studio 60 on the Sunset Trip", for which she received a Golden Globe Award nomination. She recently signed on to portray eight-time Oscar nominee Geraldine Page in Ryan Murphy's anthology drama "Feud". She can next be seen in "Blue Jay" and "Rebel in the Rye".