Disneyâ€™s â€œInto the Woodsâ€ kicked off production last week, featuring an award-winning production team and all-star ensemble cast. Rob Marshall, the talented filmmaker behind the Academy AwardÂ®-winning musical â€œChicagoâ€ and Disneyâ€™s â€œPirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,â€ helms the film, which is based on the TonyÂ®-winning original musical by James Lapine, who also penned the screenplay, and legendary composer Stephen Sondheim, who provides the music and lyricsâ€”including an all-new song for the big-screen adaptation.
â€œInto the Woodsâ€ is produced by Marshall, John DeLuca, â€œWickedâ€ producer Marc Platt and Callum McDougall. Shooting in studio and on location throughout England, the film is slated for a December 25, 2014, holiday release.
â€œInto the Woodsâ€ 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 charactersâ€™ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzelâ€”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:
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Meryl Streep (â€œThe Iron Lady,â€ â€œThe Devil Wears Prada,â€ â€œAugust: Osage Countyâ€) portrays the Witch who wishes to reverse a curse so that her beauty may be restored.
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Emily Blunt (â€œLooper,â€ â€œThe Young Victoria,â€ â€œThe Devil Wears Pradaâ€) is the Bakerâ€™s Wife, a childless woman who longs to be a mother.
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â James Corden (Broadwayâ€™s â€œOne Man, Two Guvnors,â€ â€œThe Three Musketeers,â€ â€œGavin & Staceyâ€) plays the role of the Baker, a hard-working man who desperately wants to start a family.
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Anna Kendrick (â€œPitch Perfect,â€ â€œUp in the Airâ€) fills the shoes of Cinderella, who finds herself on a journey of self-discovery.
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Chris Pine (â€œStar Trek Into Darkness,â€ â€œJack Ryanâ€) portrays Cinderellaâ€™s Prince, charming and impossibly handsome, who is on an endless quest to find his bride.
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Johnny Depp (â€œPirates of the Caribbeanâ€ films, â€œThe Lone Ranger,â€ â€œSweeney Toddâ€) steps in as the Wolf, who sets his sights on Little Red Riding Hood.
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Lilla Crawford (Broadwayâ€™s â€œAnnieâ€) 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.
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Daniel Huttlestone (â€œLes MisÃ©rablesâ€) lands the role of Jack, an absentminded and adventurous boy who trades his treasured cow for five magic beans.Â
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Tracey Ullman joins the cast as Jackâ€™s Mother, a poor and exasperated mom who is overwhelmed, yet fiercely protective of her son.
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Christine Baranski (â€œMamma Mia!,â€ â€œChicagoâ€ â€œThe Good Wifeâ€) 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.Â
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â MacKenzie Mauzy (â€œBrotherâ€™s Keeper,â€ Broadwayâ€™s â€œNext to Normalâ€) plays Rapunzel, a sheltered young woman who experiences the world beyond her tower for the first time.
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Billy Magnussen (Broadwayâ€™s â€œVanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,â€ â€œBoardwalk Empire,â€ â€œThe Eastâ€) is the dashing and eager Prince who courts Rapunzel.
Celebrated actors from the stage and screen fill the supporting roles, including Tammy Blanchard (â€œBlue Jasmine,â€ â€œThe Good Shepherdâ€) and Lucy Punch (â€œBad Teacher,â€ â€œDinner for Schmucksâ€) as Cinderellaâ€™s spoiled stepsisters, Florinda and Lucinda. Richard Glover (â€œSightseers,â€ â€œSt. Trinianâ€™sâ€) is the Princesâ€™ royal steward, Frances de la Tour (â€œHugo,â€ â€œAlice In Wonderlandâ€) portrays the giant, and Simon Russell Beale (â€œThe Deep Blue Seaâ€) is the Bakerâ€™s father. Actress Joanna Riding (â€œMy Fair Lady,â€ â€œCarouselâ€) portrays Cinderellaâ€™s late mother, and Little Red Riding Hoodâ€™s beloved granny is played by Annette Crosbie (â€œCalendar Girls,â€ â€œThe Slipper and the Roseâ€).
The big-screen adaptation welcomes songs from the stage musical, including â€œChildren Will Listen,â€ â€œGiants in the Sky,â€ â€œOn the Steps of the Palace,â€ â€œNo One Is Aloneâ€ and â€œAgony,â€ among others. Additionally, Sondheim has penned an all-new song for the storyâ€™s theatrical debut.
The award-winning production team includes Dion Beebe (â€œCollateral,â€ â€œChicago,â€ â€œNineâ€), OscarÂ® winner for the Marshall-helmed â€œMemoirs of a Geisha,â€ as director of photography. Dennis Gassner (â€œSkyfall,â€ â€œQuantum of Solaceâ€), who won his own Oscar for â€œBugsy,â€ serves as production designer, and three-time Oscar winner Colleen Atwood (â€œMemoirs of a Geisha,â€ â€œChicago,â€ â€œAlice In Wonderlandâ€) is costume designer.
â€œInto the Woodsâ€ premiered on Broadway on Nov. 5, 1987, at the Martin Beck Theatre. The production, which ran for 764 performances, won TonyÂ® 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. â€œInto the Woodsâ€ 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.