What's most interesting to me about this project is that johnny's interested. His Sweeney Todd is one of my favorite performances & he said he loved working with the melodies & lyrics so I think it's interesting he wants to stay connected to Sondheim + he'll work with Streep for the first time & he gets to be the big bad wolf -- what could be cooler!
Here's more info about the new castings and Johnny's part:
Chris Pine & Jake Gyllenhaal Cast As The Princes In Rob Marshall's 'Into The Woods' With Johnny Depp & Meryl Streep
"The two actors -- neither of whom have ever sung on screen before now -- have apparently met with, and sung for, Marshall, and are expected to get formal offers shortly. The pair will play a pair of egotistical, pompous princes who romance Cinderella (in the case of Gyllenhaal) and Rapunzel (in Pine's). They're not huge parts, but the two seem like perfect casting to us, and like Depp (who'll play the Wolf, a borderline cameo), it's a sign that Marshall's planning to stack the ensemble with A-listers, so expect more big names to follow."
I'm thinking this material might make a better movie than it did a stage play. I wasn't that knocked out by the stage play. But you get a bunch of A-list Hollywood actors playing these over-the-top fairy tale characters and the material takes on a whole new dimension (for me). You get 'em to sing - even better!
Post by Tonto's Vixen on May 16, 2013 18:34:38 GMT -5
Emily Blunt in Talks to Join Disney’s ‘Into the Woods’ (EXCLUSIVE)
MAY 16, 2013 | 02:56PM PT Blunt would join Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep, Chris Pine, Jake Gyllenhaal.
Emily Blunt is finalizing a deal to join Disney’s musical “Into the Woods” that Rob Marshall will direct for the studio.
Chris Pine and Jake Gyllenhaal also are in talks to join the film, which already has lined up Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep.
Film is based on Stephen Sondheim’s 1987 Broadway musical. David Krane (“Chicago,” “Nine”) is the arranger on the film, which will rely on Sondheim’s original music.
Musical revolves around a childless baker and his wife who attempt to lift a family curse by journeying into the woods to confront the witch that put the spell on them. Along the way, they encounter Rapunzel, Cinderella, “Jack and the Beanstalk’s” Jack Little Red Riding Hood and other classic fairy tale characters.
Blunt would play the baker’s wife, the female lead in the film.
There is no production start date yet for the project, but with such a strong cast coming together a greenlight is imminent.
James Lapine penned the script, based on his book for the musical.
John DeLuca, who previously produced Marshall’s “Chicago” and “Nine,” will serve as producer on “Into the Woods.”
Disney declined to comment.
Blunt, who recently wrapped Doug Liman’s sci-fi actioner “All You Need Is Kill,” with Tom Cruise, that Warner Bros. will release next year, is repped by CAA and Ken McReddie Associates.