The first trailer for Disney’s live action musical film version of the classic Stephen Sondheim musical “Into the Woods” just dropped today. The US version is exclusive to iTunes trailers, but you can watch the nearly identical version from Disney’s Australia youtube channel. Just keep in mind it opens on Christmas in America.
Beautiful music, but no singing. I don’t know why not, there will be singing in the movie. The big-screen adaptation includes songs from the stage musical, including “Children Will Listen,” “Giants in the Sky,” “On the Steps of the Palace,” “No One Is Alone” and “Agony,” among others.
12 new photos from the movie, plus the new full synposis for the movie below the jump
“Into the Woods” is a modern twist on 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 talented filmmaker behind the Academy Award-winning musical “Chicago” and Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” helms 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.
Starring Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick and Chris Pine, “Into the Woods” is a humorous and heartfelt musical that follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them.
You had me at Stephen Sondheim, but the list of talent in this film and behind the camera is very impressive. American audiences may not be familiar with James Corden who plays the baker, but Doctor Who fans will remember him from two of the show’s recent best episode. He played Craig Owens, the bumbling flat mate in “The Lodger” and a real terrific turn as the same character in “Closing Time.” He’ll make a perfect baker.
Any other casting in this film version of “Into the Woods” have you excited?