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.
Following the success (commercially, that is) of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, director Rob Marshall was mulling a couple of projects as his follow-up. After his remake of The Thin Man with Johnny Depp was put on hold, the Chicago director set his sights on returning to the world of song and dance for his next film. Marshall is prepping an adaptation of the fairy tale-themed musical Into the Woods for Disney, and he recently held a star-studded screenplay read that included the likes of Anna Kendrick, Patrick Wilson, Allison Janney, and many more. Additionally, it sounds like he may have settled on Meryl Streep for the lead role of the Witch.
Hit the jump for more, including the full list of actors who were in attendance for the screenplay reading.
Opening on March 19 is director Andy Tennant’s The Bounty Hunter. The film stars Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler and it’s more of an action comedy than a rom com. Here’s the one liner:
A bounty hunter learns that his next target is his ex-wife, a reporter working on a murder cover-up. Soon after their reunion, the always-at-odds duo find themselves on a run-for-their-lives adventure.
From the synopsis you know what kind of movie this is…but for fans of Jennifer Aniston, they’ll probably eat it up. Personally, I’m still waiting for Gerard Butler to make another cool rated R action flick and move away from this romantic stuff. Hit the jump to check out the clips:
While we usually like to post every news story as a separate article, sometimes it’s a lot easier to group shorter stories together. Saying that, if you’re a fan of Fringe, The Big Bang Theory, or G.I. Joe cartoons, I’ve got some news to share.
The first bit of news comes from Michael Bell (the voice of Duke on the G.I. Joe cartoon series in the 1980′s) via Toynewsi. In a recent podcast, Bell said he has auditioned for the voice of General Hawk for a brand new 26 episode run of G.I. Joe. While it is unclear if the new show will be similar to G.I. Joe: Resolute or more like the 80′s cartoon, with voice casting underway, expect an announcement soon.
For fans of Fringe, EW is reporting Irish actress Orla Brady (pictured after the jump) has landed the role of Peter’s mom/Walter Bishop’s wife on Fringe. While she won’t debut till early next year, it will be very interesting to see how she is introduced, as fans of the show know where she must be coming from…
Finally, for fans of The Big Bang Theory, as you can see in the image above (via EW), on next week’s episode, Sheldon (Jim Parsons) lands a cougar. Unfortunately, she’s Leonard’s mother Beverly (Christine Baranski). If you saw the previous episode that featured Leonard’s mother, you could sort of see this coming. But that doesn’t mean the episode won’t be a lot of fun.
It’s been a pretty crazy week for news here at Collider as Steve landed the first photos and full synopses from dozens of upcoming films. If you haven’t seen them, you can check them out here, here, here, and here. That was on top of all the good stuff we bring you on a regular basis. But even with all the news we posted this week, there’s still more and while we didn’t have time to give these stories their own articles, we wanted to make sure you knew about some other cool stuff from the past few days.
Hit the jump to read about how James Franco’s General Hospital stint folds into a larger art project he’s doing, South Park taking their shot at James Cameron’s Avatar, Spider-Man finally arrested for being a menace, and more.