The classic Steven Sondheim musical "Into The Woods" puts us intimately into the hearts and backstories of some of our most beloved fairytales. Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, and countless others, take center stage, to elaborate on the stories we only think we know. Twisted and darker truths are revealed, as told through clever and original music.
The wonderful musical is getting a new adaptation, under the command of Rob Marshall. Johnny Depp, who worked with Marshall at the helm of "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides", has joined the cast as the big bad wolf. Multiple Academy Award winning icon, Meryl Streep, is also signed on to play the evil witch. The witch seamlessly ties all the stories together and is a consistent in almost every scene.
Now, it looks like two other hot actors in Hollywood may also be joining the twisted fairytale film adaptation. Chris Pine from "Star Trek" fame, as well as Jake Gyllenhaal, are in talks to join the cast. The roles the gents would be up for are Cinderella and Rapunzel's princes, which certainly both demand a healthy, singing voice.
Marshall lead a read through of James Lapine's adapted screenplay and a bunch of big names in both theater as well as the big-screen participated. Such names and roles they read for include Nina Arianda as The Baker's Wife, Christine Baranski as the Stepmother, Tammy Blanchard as Florinda, Victoria Clark as Cinderella's Mother/Giant, James Corden as the Baker, David Garrison as the Narrator, Ivan Hernandez as the Wolf, Megan Hilty as Lucinda, Cheyenne Jackson as Rapunzel's Prince, Allison Janney as Jack's Mother, Anna Kendrick as Cinderella, Michael McGrath as the Steward/Baker's Father, Donna Murphy as the Witch, Laura Osnes as Rapunzel, Taylor Trensch as Jack, Casey Whyland as Little Red Riding Hood, and Patrick Wilson as Cinderella's Prince.
We aren't sure how many of these names will actually be in the film version, but it's an impressive list nonetheless.
Marshall is no stranger to leading successful film musicals, as he proved with his multi-academy award winning "Chicago", starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Renee Zellweger.
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