Disney's 'The Nutcracker' Adds Helen Mirren As Mother Ginger

Helen Mirren is one of the greatest living actresses, but what's best about her is that she'll do whatever the heck she wants. If she wants a role in Fast 8 opposite Vin Diesel? Well, it's hers. And while she doesn't exactly seem like the holiday spirit kind of lady, she must enjoy Christmas enough to join Disney's live-action The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.

THR reports Mirren is in talks to play Mother Ginger in the adaptation of the famous ballet. Mackenzie Foy, Keira Knightley, Morgan Freeman, and ballerina Misty Copeland star in the classic story about a young girl's nutcracker doll that comes to life on Christmas Eve to protect her from the villainous Mouse King.  I wonder if Mirren will wear the large hoop skirt the character sports in Tchaikovsky's ballet, because that could be worth paying for all by itself.

Disney has yet to give the Lasse Hallstrom-directed film a release date but would anyone be shocked if it's next year around the holidays?