Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep filming together and singing. Who can resist? Not Disney any longer. It’s taken 16 months to get off the ground — ever since January 2012, when the studio sent out a press release announcing Rob Marshall (Chicago, Nine) would be directing Stephen Sondheim’s iconic 1987 Broadway musical Into The Woods as a feature film for Disney. A table read was held in NYC this past October featuring Donna Murphy, Megan Hilty, Christine Baranski, Allison Janney and quite a few other Broadway stars. Buzz of Streep’s interest first surfaced last summer and this past week Marshall confirmed in an interview to Playbill that she was “in” to the play the witch. Today Variety reported Depp’s interest. Now I’ve confirmed that Johnny and Meryl “almost have their deals wrapped up for the film,” according to sources. Marshall directed 2011’s Pirates Of The Caribbean 4 (which might have been more palatable as a musical because it stunk as the franchise’s fourquel) so he’s already Mouse friendly. The original musical with music and lyrics by Sondheim and book by James Lapine is about a childless baker and his wife who attempt to lift a family curse by journeying into the woods to confront the witch that put the spell on them. Along the way, they encounter classic fairy tale characters. Depp previously starred in the DreamWorks film version of Sondheim’s dark musical Sweeney Todd which was also the last time he sang on camera. Streep in films had a nice turn warbling country Western in the final scenes of Postcards From The Edge until the longtime Abba fan became the singing and dancing queen of Mamma Mia!. For Into The Woods, Marshall frequent collaborators John DeLuca will produce while David Krane will arrange the music. Lapine penned the screenplay.
SANTA FE —New Mexico Film Office director Nick Maniatis announced today the production of the action Sci-Fi “Transcendence” starring Johnny Depp (The Lone Ranger, Alice in Wonderland, The Pirates of the Caribbean Franchise), Morgan Freeman (Oblivion, The Dark Knight Franchise, Dolphin Tale), Rebecca Hall (Iron Man 3, The Awakening, The Town), Paul Bettany (Margin Call, the Secret Life Of Bees, The Da Vinci Code), and Kate Mara (House of Cards, Iron Man 2, 127 Hours). The production will begin filming late April though the end of July in and around Albuquerque, NM.
The production will employ approximately 250 New Mexico crew members and over 2400 New Mexico background and principal talent.
Produced by Andrew A. Kosove (The Book of Eli, The Blind Side), Broderick Johnson (The Book of Eli, The Blind Side), David Valdes (The Book of Eli, The Green Mile), Marisa Polvino (Brooklyn Rules, The Education of Charlie Banks), Annie Marter (Oh For Three) and Kate Cohen (Someone Marry Barry). The Dark Knight Rises and Inception cinematographer Wally Pfister will make his directorial debut.
Transcendence is a visually arresting, original science-fiction thriller that explores the concept of identity and morality in the age of artificial intelligence.
EG Casting is looking for military, tattooed, hipster types, amputees, etc. for a SCI-FI film shooting in New Mexico this spring/summer. If you are interested, send your photo and contact info. to:
If you are already in the EG Casting Database there is no need to resubmit, those who fit the specifications will be contacted.
Much more info. on the film here.
I have added high quality images of Johnny at Caesars Palace to promote The Lone Ranger to the photo archive.
Public Appearances > 2013 > [April 17] Promoting his upcoming film, ‘The Lone Ranger’ at Caesars Palace