INTO THE WOODS Trailer: Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Johnny Depp, and More Get Musical

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Disney has released the first trailer for the fairy tale musical Into the Woods, directed by Rob Marshall (Chicago).  James Corden and Emily Blunt star as a couple who encounter Brothers Grimm characters while on a quest to reverse a curse that keeps them from starting a family.  This is very much a teaser trailer, which unfortunately means we don’t get to hear any of the songs just yet; this trailer is very much focused on introducing the cast and the magical world.  Marshall’s first foray into tentpole moviemaking with Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides was a bit of a misfire, but Into the Woods looks to combine the large-canvas sensibilities of that film with the theatrical quality of Chicago.  He’s assembled an incredibly talented cast to bring Into the Woods to fruition, so if he can deliver from a directorial standpoint (and if the songs turn out well), we could be in for something quite special.

Into the Woods stars Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Johnny Depp, Lilla Crawford, Daniel Huttlestone, Tracey Ullman, and Christine Baranski, and opens December 25th.  Hit the jump to watch the first Into the Woods trailer, and click here to see the recently released images.

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Here’s the official synopsis:

“Into the Woods” is a modern twist on several of 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 (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy)—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife (James Corden & Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch (Meryl Streep) who has put a curse on them.

Rob Marshall, the acclaimed filmmaker behind the Academy Award®-winning musical “Chicago” and Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” directs the film, which is based on the Tony®-winning original musical by James Lapine, who also penned the screenplay, and legendary composer Stephen Sondheim, who provides the music and lyrics. Produced by Marshall, John DeLuca, “Wicked” producer Marc Platt and Callum McDougall, “Into the Woods” will be released in theaters Dec. 25, 2014.

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  • Snarky

    So will this have the same score as the musical?

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      Already reported that a song was cut, cause they changed something. Disney wanted to make it more family friendly.

      • Snarky

        Nerts. I suppose that kind of thing can be unavoidable with any adaptation let alone a Disney one.

      • Manuel Orozco

        I hope they go for a happier ending than the stage version

      • Abed

        They are, they are also downplaying the “sexual relationship” between the Wolf and Red Ridding, because Johnny Depp is 51, and Lilla Crawford is 14.

      • Manuel Orozco

        You better be right because the ending of the stage version was depressing

      • Abed

        Actually no, the creator of the musical said that he spoke too early, and that the song “Any Moment” has not been cut. Although the song is normally removed in most high school performances.
        http://insidemovies.ew.com/2014/06/23/stephen-sondheim-statement-into-the-woods/

    • Abed

      Same songs as the musical, but they are adding two new ones that the creator Stephen Sondheim wrote for the film.

    • milo

      I think they said there will be a new song or two. There are pretty much always songs cut in movie versions of musicals (even stuff like Sound of Music). There have been rumors of specific songs cut but then other reports saying that may not be true. We probably won’t know for sure until they announce more specifics (or there are screenings and it leaks).

      One cut I couldn’t understand was losing what I always considered the main song in Sweeney Todd. I know they didn’t use the chorus at all for the movie, and that number is mainly chorus, but I would have thought they’d repurpose it for other characters or at the very least use that melody in an instrumental version over the credits or elsewhere in the underscore. That’s the song I think of first from that show and it was really weird to not include it.

  • IMPYEMU

    Cheese

    • milo

      I like cheese.

  • Abed

    Here’s the Youtube link.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9i9JNp7OfM
    Looks like a decent musical, but I wish we could hear at least one song.

    • milo

      Agreed, seems like the production is nice but something like this will live or die by the singing. Marshall did Chicago but he also did Nine, so this could go either way. At least this one has strong songs in the original.

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  • bidi

    what is it with Disney movies lately and having terrible CGI “dark forests.” seriously. it started with Alice in Wonderland, then Maleficent, and now this. the forests themselves just look so obviously artificial that any mood or atmosphere they’re trying to convey goes right out the window

  • T_Toughnuts

    Anna Kendrick…uh…IT’S HAPPENING!!!!

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  • Michael Horne

    Not sure what they’re trying to do with this trailer. It’s like they’re purposefully hiding the fact that it’s a musical. Where’s the singing? Where’s the score? It’s basically “Look at this! It’s fairytales! It’s got Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp in it! Like it! Like it!” It _looks_ gorgeous, though, but I just hope that they’ve taken the original musical to heart and not changed it for the sake of changing it. Looking forward to at least one new song (called ‘Rainbows’) and perhaps another.

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