Filming is underway in London on director Rob Marshall’s (Chicago) feature film adaptation of James Lapine’s Tony-winning stage musical Into the Woods. The Disney prouduction stars James Corden and Emily Blunt as a Baker and his wife who venture into the woods to confront the witch responsible for putting a curse on the childless couple. Along the way, they run into a number of familiar characters like Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, and Cinderella. Meryl Streep plays the villainous witch, Johnny Depp is set to portray the Big Bad Wolf, Chris Pine is Cinderella’s prince, and Anna Kendrick steps into the role of Cinderella.
Talented actors and actress from the stage and screen fill out the rest of the cast, and Stephen Sondheim has contributed a new original song to the feature. Lapine penned the screenplay, and the behind-the-scenes team includes legendary costume designer Colleen Atwood. Hit the jump to read the full press release, which runs down every role. Into the Woods opens in theaters December 25, 2014.
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.
Continuing on the journey of first look images, after the jump you can check out the first images from writer-director Mitch Glazer’s Passion Play and director John Cameron Mitchell’s (Shortbus, Hedwig and the Angry Inch) Rabbit Hole. Passion Play stars Mickey Rourke, Megan Fox, Bill Murray, Kelly Lynch, and Rhys Ifans, while Rabbit Hole stars Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart, Dianne Wiest, Miles Teller, Tammy Blanchard, and Sandra Oh.
While Mitch Glazer wrote Scrooged, Great Expectations, and The Recruit, this is his first time behind the camera, so fingers crossed he’s made a solid transition. On the other hand, John Cameron Mitchell has only made two films in the last ten years, so I’m very curious to check out what got him behind the camera again. I just wish he hadn’t cast Nicole Kidman, as her frozen face has distracted me from enjoying her performances of late. If this had been the Kidman of ten years ago, maybe I’d have a different opinion. Anyway, hit the jump for the first images and the synopses:
The casting updates for series returning this fall just keep on coming. First up, it sounds like some big things are in store for Steve Carell’s last season of The Office as Zap2It reports Amy Ryan will reprise her role as Holly Flax, the former lover/co-worker of World’s Greatest Boss Michael Scott. And this isn”t just going to be a measly one-episode guest appearance as Holly will be returning to Scranton for no less than eight episodes. This isn’t entirely surprising since the end of last season saw Michael asking Sabre CEO Jo (Kathy Bates) to bring Holly back to the branch. Things should get pretty interesting since Holly doesn’t seem to be very pleased that she’s returning to Michael’s home court.
Hit the jump for some new additions to the casts of Grey’s Anatomy, The Good Wife and House M.D.