Félicie, voiced by Elle Fanning, competes for the lead role in the ballet The Nutcracker. Fanning previously appeared in The Nutcracker in 3D (2010).
Nat Wolff replaces Dane DeHaan as Victor in the American release of the film. DeHaan voices Victor in the original version of the film.
Maddie Ziegler voices Félicie's rival, who has an overbearing mother; Ziegler is a dancer in real life, having appeared on Dance Moms (2011).