Before I get to the meaty center of this news, let's go over John Turturro's career. He first came onto the scene years ago with an uncredited part in Raging Bull. From there, he popped up in many famous films from the 80's -- Desperately Seeking Susan, To Live and Die in LA, Hannah and Her Sisters, The Color of Money and Do the Right Thing. These stints led to a starring role in Barton Fink and from there, he took off, tasting in cinema from Jungle Fever to Transformers. He even kept Christopher Walken dancing with his recent directorial stint -- Romance & Cigarettes. But did you ever imagine that he'd be ... the evil Mouse King?

That's right, the nuts that Turturro will be cracking are of the Tchaikovsky ballet variety. He's signed on to the whopping $65 million dollar adaptation, Nutcracker -- The Untold Story, along with Dakota's little sister, Elle Fanning and everyone's favorite flamboyantly perky actor, Nathan Lane. Based on the story that inspired the ballet, we've got Fanning as the little girl who gets the doll in 1920's Vienna, and Lane as the guy who gives it to her. Russian director Andrei Konchalovsky adapted the story with Chris Solimine, and he will also direct it. But that's not all -- it's a musical. Tim Rice is whipping together lyrics to eight new songs from the ballet's score, and the art director behind V for Vendetta, Kevin Phipps, heading the visuals and sets. According to the director: "I have been trying to make this film for a very long time, and now that CGI and technical wizardry have come so far, I can finally realize my dream." So, he's a happy camper as the project moves towards its July 16th shooting date, but is this the answer to your dreams?