The big-screen adaptation of INTO THE WOODS has officially received a release date.
Disney announced this evening that Rob Marshall’s film, based upon Stephen Sondheim’s classic musical, will hit theaters nationwide on December 25, 2014.
The film also recently gained director of photography Dion Beebe, who has previously worked with Marshall on the Oscar-winning Memoirs of a Geisha, Chicago and Nine.
Emily Blunt (as The Baker’s Wife), Meryl Streep (as The Witch) and Johnny Depp (as The Wolf) are set to star in the project. Jake Gyllenhaal and Chris Pine are reportedly still in talks for roles (as Cinderella’s Prince and Rapunzel’s Prince), as are 2012 Tony Award winner James Corden (as The Baker), SMASH star Megan Hilty (as a Stepsister), Tracey Ullman (as Jack’s mother) and Christine Baranski, who was part of the original reading last October, for the role of Cinderella’s evil stepmother.
INTO THE WOODS is heading to London to begin shooting this September. James Lapine, the original book writer of INTO THE WOODS, is reworking the script for the screenplay, while Sondheim has also written new material for the film, including “Rainbows”, a duet between the Baker and his Wife, as well as a new song for Streep as the Witch.
Into the Woods is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine. It debuted in San Diego at the Old Globe Theatre in 1986, and premiered on Broadway in 1987. Into the Woods won several Tony Awards, including Best Score, Best Book, and Best Actress in a Musical (Joanna Gleason), in a year dominated by The Phantom of the Opera.
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