UPDATE: Disney released this fantastic photo of Meryl Streep as the witch. It may provide some Halloween inspiration, but ulimately, Into the Woods doesn't hit theaters til Christmas 2014.
Sept. 16, 2013 - Next Christmas' spectacular Into the Woods is finally in production and with it, complete details about the movie adaptation of the Broadway musical. Here is the full info, straight from Disney:
Into the Woods is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters' wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them.
The all-star ensemble cast includes:
· Meryl Streep ("The Iron Lady," "The Devil Wears Prada," "August: Osage County") portrays the Witch who wishes to reverse a curse so that her beauty may be restored.
· Emily Blunt ("Looper," "The Young Victoria," "The Devil Wears Prada") is the Baker's Wife, a childless woman who longs to be a mother.
· James Corden (Broadway's "One Man, Two Guvnors," "The Three Musketeers," "Gavin & Stacey") plays the role of the Baker, a hard-working man who desperately wants to start a family.
· Anna Kendrick ("Pitch Perfect," "Up in the Air") fills the shoes of Cinderella, who finds herself on a journey of self-discovery.
· Chris Pine ("Star Trek Into Darkness," "Jack Ryan") portrays Cinderella's Prince, charming and impossibly handsome, who is on an endless quest to find his bride.
· Johnny Depp ("Pirates of the Caribbean" films, "The Lone Ranger," "Sweeney Todd") steps in as the Wolf, who sets his sights on Little Red Riding Hood.
· Lilla Crawford (Broadway's "Annie") makes her feature-film debut as Little Red Riding Hood, a smart and spunky girl who journeys into the woods, finding unexpected adventures along the way.
· Daniel Huttlestone ("Les Misérables") lands the role of Jack, an absentminded and adventurous boy who trades his treasured cow for five magic beans.
· Tracey Ullman joins the cast as Jack's Mother, a poor and exasperated mom who is overwhelmed, yet fiercely protective of her son.
· Christine Baranski ("Mamma Mia!," "Chicago" "The Good Wife") takes on the infamous Stepmother who wishes for riches and grandeur; she'll do anything to marry off one of her daughters to a prince.
· MacKenzie Mauzy ("Brother's Keeper," Broadway's "Next to Normal") plays Rapunzel, a sheltered young woman who experiences the world beyond her tower for the first time.
· Billy Magnussen (Broadway's "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike," "Boardwalk Empire," "The East") is the dashing and eager Prince who courts Rapunzel.
Celebrated actors from the stage and screen fill the supporting roles, including Tammy Blanchard ("Blue Jasmine," "The Good Shepherd") and Lucy Punch ("Bad Teacher," "Dinner for Schmucks") as Cinderella's spoiled stepsisters, Florinda and Lucinda. Richard Glover ("Sightseers," "St. Trinian's") is the Princes' royal steward, Frances de la Tour ("Hugo," "Alice In Wonderland") portrays the giant, and Simon Russell Beale ("The Deep Blue Sea") is the Baker's father. Actress Joanna Riding ("My Fair Lady," "Carousel") portrays Cinderella's late mother, and Little Red Riding Hood's beloved granny is played by Annette Crosbie ("Calendar Girls," "The Slipper and the Rose").
The big-screen adaptation welcomes songs from the stage musical, including "Children Will Listen," "Giants in the Sky," "On the Steps of the Palace," "No One Is Alone" and "Agony," among others. Additionally, Sondheim has penned an all-new song for the story's theatrical debut.
The award-winning production team includes Dion Beebe ("Collateral," "Chicago," "Nine"), Oscar® winner for the Marshall-helmed "Memoirs of a Geisha," as director of photography. Dennis Gassner ("Skyfall," "Quantum of Solace"), who won his own Oscar for "Bugsy," serves as production designer, and three-time Oscar winner Colleen Atwood ("Memoirs of a Geisha," "Chicago," "Alice In Wonderland") is costume designer.
"Into the Woods" premiered on Broadway on Nov. 5, 1987, at the Martin Beck Theatre. The production, which ran for 764 performances, won Tony® Awards for best score, best book and best actress in a musical. Among other awards, the musical received five Drama Desk awards, including best musical. "Into the Woods" has been produced around the world, including a 1988 U.S. tour, a 1990 West End production, Broadway and London revivals, in addition to a television production, DVD recording and a 10-year-anniversary concert.
July 23, 2013 - Jake Gyllenhaal is out and Billy Magnusson is in for the role of Rapunzel's prince. It was interesting to think of Taylor Swift's ex as a princely husband to another beauty with long blond hair but blue-eyed, beefy blonde Magnusson, who was in the movie Twelve with Emma Roberts and Chace Crawford, does look like the Ken doll version of a prince!
June 21, 2013 - With a surprise hit song from the Pitch Perfect soundtrack and an Oscar nomination all by the tender age of 27, movie audiences are about to hear Anna Kendrick sing a whole lot more. The Twilight actress is in talks to play Cinderella in the film adaptation of the Broadway musical Into the Woods. In this story, Cinderella is now a princess trying to find her place in the world, now married to a very vain Prince Charming. Jake Gyllenhaal and Chris Pine will play Cinderella's and Rapunzel's princes, although it's unclear which is which. Of course, Pine started his movie career playing a prince to Anne Hathaway's princess in The Princess Diaries 2.
James Corden (Three Musketeers, Gulliver's Travels) will play the lead role of the baker and Emily Blunt (also from Gulliver's Travels) will play his wife. Christine Baranski is rumored to be playing Cindrella's stepmother and Tracey Ullman (whose variety show launched "The Simpsons") is also in negotiations for a role.
But, back to Kendrick's singing voice. She also just agreed to star in a movie musical The Last Five Years AND is set for Pitch Perfect 2.
May 6, 2013 - Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean) and Meryl Streep (Julie & Julia) are considering going Into the Woods together. "Into the Woods" is a Broadway musical fairy tale mashup that is being made into a movie. It weaves the stories of Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel and more into one. Depp would play Baker, a baker (duh) who is the recepient of a witches curse preventing he and his wife from getting pregnant so they can start a family. Baker sets out to find the witch (Streep) and resolve whatever made her so mad. Neither Depp nor Streep are fully committed to the Disney project yet. Rob Marshall, who won an Oscar for the adaptation of another Broadway musical movie, Chicago, will direct - he also directed the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie.