Late last year there were two movies based on the E.T.A. Hoffmann novel "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King," , one directed by Robert Zemeckis, the other by writer Darren Lemke. Though the projects would be very different in approach, Zemeckis making a direct adaptation while Lemke turned it into an action-adventure piece, it was still strange to see two projects based on the same source material announced at the same time. As it turns out, Andrey Konchalovskiy beat them both to the punch.

Twitch has premiered the first trailer for Konchalovskiy's The Nutcracker in 3D, but if you are hoping to understand it, you might want to learn a bit of Russian. Starring John Turturro, Elle Fanning, and Nathan Lane, the film will be released in English, but this video is overdubbed to hell. Despite my heritage, I don't speak a lick of the language, but perhaps someone in the comments section could explain what the hell is going on here. Until then, just enjoy the sight of Turturro dressed up as a rat.

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