INTO THE WOODS
Director: Rob Marshall
Starring: Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Penn, Johnny Depp, Christine Baranski, Tracey Ullman, Billy Magnussen, Frances de la Tour
We have seen some production stills recently and now the first trailer is here for the highly anticipated new movie, Into the Woods, based on the Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine musical. I must say this is my favorite musical of all time and cannot contain my excitement when it comes to this movie. Rob Marshall is no stranger to directing musicals after his work on Chicago and Nine. He has another all-star cast led by Goddess Meryl Streep as the Witch who makes an offer to a baker (Corden) and his wife (Blunt) that they can’t refuse. The two of them must face other fairy tale characters like Cinderella, the Big Bad Wolf, Little Red Riding Hood, and Rapunzel and steal some precious items for the Witch in order for her to reverse the curse of infertility that has been placed over their home.
If you know the staged version, you are already familiar with the beautiful music and insanely creative word play in the lyrics. You also know how dark and grim the story can be at times. I am curious with this being a Disney property how faithful they stay to the original story. There have been rumors floating around that specific numbers and side plots have been cut from the movie that would potentially make it more family friendly. We shall see come Christmas Day how it all turned out. Lapine wrote the screenplay and Sondheim was involved in the process so I am going to remain optimistic about it and not give those rumors too much thought.
RELEASE DATE: December 25, 2014
Here’s the trailer: