Emily Blunt in Talks for Female Lead Opposite Johnny Depp in Disney Musical INTO THE WOODS; Christine Baranski Joins Cast

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Disney has been furiously casting director Rob Marshall’s (Chicago) musical adaptation Into the Woods over the past few weeks, and now a couple more exciting cast members are being added.  Variety reports that Emily Blunt is in talks to play the female lead in the film, which centers on a Baker and his wife as they venture into the woods to confront the witch responsible for putting a curse on the childless couple.  Broadway actor James Corden is set to play the film’s male lead, the Baker, while Meryl Streep is set as the witch and Johnny Depp is signed on in an unspecified role.

We learned last night that Chris Pine and Jake Gyllenhaal are also in talks to play the love interests of Cinderella and Rapunzel in the film (yes, they’ll sing), and The Wrap adds that Christine Baranski (The Good Wife) is in talks to reteam with her Chicago director on the pic.  Production is expected to get underway this fall on what is turning out to be one hell of a musical ensemble.




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  • Jack

    I wonder if she’s playing cinderella or Rapunzel.. or neither? Either way this cast is turning out to be spectacular

  • Robert Woods

    My guess is she’s the baker’s wife. And Depp has gone from being the Wolf to an unspecified role?

  • Jim

    Making this into a movie is a bad idea. Casting it with people who cannot sing (Johnny Depp- no – Baranski/Streep are fairly passable – who knows about the rest) is an even worse idea. There is simply no dramatic tension in the plot of the play and no real heroic characters. There are “episodes” but no real through line and the end, well it simply fizzles. More than that, look how Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd was tragically ruined by Hollywood, Burton, and actors who could not sing the rich and complicated music; never mind how the story was butchered. (No pun intended.) Marshall got lucky with “Chicago” and bombed with “Nine”. Regardless of the casting (Chris and Jake as the wolves and princes) the movie will fail simply because it is not a good story.

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