BroadwayWorld.com posted late last night that “a source close to the production” had confirmed the majority of the official casting for the upcoming Disney feature film version of Sondheim and Lapine’s Into the Woods.
- The Witch – Meryl Streep
- The Baker – James Corden
- The Baker’s Wife – Emily Blunt
- The Wolf – Johnny Depp
- Cinderella – Anna Kendrick
- Cinderella’s Prince – Chris Pine
- Rapunzel’s Prince – Billy Magnussen
- Rapunzel – Mackenzie Mauzy
- Lucinda (one of the step-sisters) – Lucy Punch
- Florinda (the other step-sister) – Tammy Blanchard
- Cinderella’s Mother – Christine Baranski
- Jack’s Mother – Tracey Ullman
BroadwayWorld is also claiming the roles of Jack and Little Red Riding Hood are still unconfirmed, but IMDB has Daniel Huttlestone – Les Mis’ Gavroche – playing the giant-killing scamp. This news combined with the above confirmations puts our previously reported rumors at three out of four, with the previously rumored Jake Gyllenhal nowhere to be seen on this confirmation.
Into the Woods marks another jump into feature film musicals for director Rob Marshall, who also directed Chicago and Nine. His most recent work was Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, also with Disney and Depp. Into the Woods is set to premiere in December 2014, which means filming must be incredibly imminent.
While you’ve heard some of these Hollywood folks sing before, here are several musical and theatrical talents you may not know about. First, Tammy Blanchard is a Tony-nominated actress for her roles as Louise in the 2003 Broadway revival of Gypsy and as Hedy La Rue in the 2011 Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Tracey Ullman has experience in theater as well, performing in several West End productions early in her career. She portrayed Princess Winnifred in the television adaptation of Once Upon a Mattress.
Billy Magnussen currently plays guitar in New York City band Reserved for Rondee. He was also bass player and songwriter for The Dash. James Corden’s father was a musician, and he appears to have inherited some of that musical talent, as heard when he appeared on stage as a guest singer with Snow Patrol in 2009. Additionally, Corden hosted the BRIT Awards for the past three years and co-hosted in 2009. Emily Blunt has a lovely voice which you can hear in the BBC television drama Gideon’s Daughter. Finally, here’s Chris Pine singing country in Small Town Saturday Night. No explanation needed.
More to come as the story develops!