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First Images From 'Into The Woods' UPDATE: Now With Meryl Streep's Witch

By Joanna Robinson | Trade News | September 26, 2013 | Comments ()


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There are very few projects currently in production that excite me more than Into The Woods. Based on Stephen Sondheim’s dark, brilliant stage play and featuring an extraordinarily talented cast, this could either be the best movie musical in decades or a massively crushing disappointment. I know some of you are worried about Johnny Depp’s involvement. But his role, The Big Bad Wolf, is so brief, I doubt he could do much damage. In fact, I think he could be delightful in small doses. Also rounding out the cast are Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Meryl Streep, Christine Baranski, James Corden and Tracey Ullman. You can see much of the cast here filming on location in the UK. So far so good, folks. I love the modern fairytale look of the costumes. After the atrocity that is Once Upon A Time’s costume department, this is a huge relief. Not cartoonish in the slightest. I’ve got the musical nerd tingles something fierce.

UPDATE: The Witch
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Cinderella’s Stepmother And Stepsisters
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The Baker’s Wife And Rapunzel’s Prince
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Cinderella’s Prince, The Baker’s Wife, The Baker
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Jack’s Mother
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Rapunzel
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Cinderella’s Stepmother
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The Baker (James Corden is such absolutely brilliant casting)
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Cinderella And Her Prince
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How long do we have to wait again? Ugh. Agony.

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  • Alwyn

    Chris Pine is so charming and good looking that I get physically angry looking at pictures of him and knowing I'll probably never get to be his friend/lover.

    Do I have problems? Yes.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    So Meryl is playing Helena Bonham Carter? I don't remember that from the musical, but I'm totally into it!

  • e jerry powell

    Close enough, but I don't remember Tim Burton hovering around.

  • MarTeaNi

    You mean Johnny Depp is playing the part that requires the most makeup and probably a silly voice? I am shocked. Utterly shocked.

  • merryxmas

    I think the whole world agrees that musicals are terrible (if not then they should because they are) but I actually might give half a consideration about watching this for the briefest of moments before flipping the channel. Also, don't knock Johnny Depp, fatty.

  • Jo 'Mama' Besser

    Yeah, I remember when this site was obsessed with Olivia Thrillby. How'd that work out for ya?

  • Aaron Schulz

    How does anna kendrick make glancing upwards look hot? that doesnt even make sense.

  • e jerry powell

    In unrelated but equally sexy news, JOE MANGANIELLO IS PLAYING STANLEY KOWALSKI ON STAGE!

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Here ya go, hon - I posted this the other day when people were discussing his clean-shaveness.

    http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes....

    Zachary Quinto's in Glass Menagerie right now too, on Broadway. Those movie stars love their Williams.

  • e jerry powell

    Because, despite everything else, they have SENSE.

    I think I don't like Joe's line readings. But I should cut a guy some slack and let him shape his own performance, right?

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I don't really like them either. He's too hurt - not enough seduction, trying to win her back. But, while I love these In Performance clips, they are just performers acting to the camera, not in the scene, so yeah, a little slack. He can wear the hell out of those pants though, and that's a talent of a sort.

    Besides, if a man's reach doesn't exceed his grasp, then what's a heaven for?

  • e jerry powell

    What matter to me if that star is a world? Mine has opened its soul to me; therefore I love it.

    Soul, pants, same diff.

  • AAAAAAGONEEEEEEEEEE!

    And now that's in my head forever.

    I'm amazed just how much Chris Pine's sexiness level goes up when he has a bit of scruff or a beard. It just changes his entire face from 'meh' to 'YES, PLEASE'. Just me?

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Ok, I do love that shot of Pine singing. Bonus is the weird look on Kendrick's face.

  • Dammit. Can we stop putting Anna Kendrick in musicals, where it's the hardest for me to enjoy her awesomeness?

  • Tinkerville

    Request denied on the grounds that nothing can stop Anna Kendrick's adorableness and she's eighty bajillion (citations pending) times more talented in the musical arena than the rest of Hollywood actresses.

  • No denying her talent. I just don't like musicals.

  • mrsdalgliesh

    I am developing a serious crush on Chris Pine, from the ST reboots and various interviews. These pictures aren't helping; he looks like he's having a great time. If I watch that flick he made where he and the other guy were spies or something and both wanted that girl, will my crush go away?

  • Yes, and your soul will shrivel up and blow away like dust. Dust in the wind.... I couldn't manage more than 15 minutes of that movie before my eternal life flashed before my eyes and began to head for the basement exit.

  • Salieri2

    Have we done that? Roles To Kill Your Crush? Could be useful.

    For instance, I feel like Rush is going to destroy my lingering appreciation for Chris Hemsworth in Thor ("You haven't been near his arms.") And while Cumberbatch is great as Sherlock, I don't really feel the pull of which the Cumberbitches speak--but I'm sure Atonement would have erased it.

  • JoannaRobinson
  • Salieri2

    Oh good, I couldn't tell if it was déja vu or not.

  • mrsdalgliesh

    Yikes.

  • Mrs. Julien

    That's just what Tracy Ullman wore for the drive in this morning. Helena Bonham Carter is going to be so pissed when she notices Tracy borrowed her favourite hat without even asking first. GOD!

  • ShagEaredVillain

    Into the words that trip your lip and fry your brain and sprain your tongue,
    Into the words, a cave so dark you'd better bring a torch in.
    Into the words that fly and try to make you choke the joke you've sung,
    Into the words more letters than they sell on Wheel of Fortune...

  • Sara_Tonin00

    NICE. Forbidden Broadway. I saw "Big Fish" the other day and thought: Susan Stroman choreography! Awesome!!!! (FB2, re: Big. Huh. I guess Stroman is really big on movies-to-musicals)

  • Salieri2

    Oo, how was "Big Fish"?

  • Pants_are_a_must

    It looks like Chris Pine is making a bitchface. His bitchfaces were some of the best parts of both Star Trek reboot movies, so I'm happy.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    Can Meryl even sing? Yes, yes, she can play ANYONE, I hear her Obama is excellent, blah blah blah but I've never heard her sing one note.

  • e jerry powell

    The last thing Streep did on Broadway was a musical, and not just any half-asser. Serious THE-A-TAH.

  • Robert

    To pile on, yes, she can sing. http://youtu.be/RRaoTcN1Va0?t=...

  • Sara_Tonin00

    she studied opera once upon a time....

  • JoannaRobinson

    I mean she was auto-tuned to hell and back in Mamma Mia, but I've always fancied this. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

  • Jesus. SHE CAN SING, TOO? That's just too much talent for a single person.

  • JoannaRobinson
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  • Pants_are_a_must

    Well, then. I guess if anyone could take this role from Bernadette, it would be Meryl Fucking Streep.

  • foolsage

    http://www.technobuffalo.com/w...

    I'm excited about this one, too.

  • AvaLehra

    Chris Pine better be wearing those sunglasses on his head throughout most of the movie. And they're never mentioned either - they just sit there.

  • Mrs. Julien

    My best friend had a pair of sunglasses she wore exclusively on the top of her head because they held her hair in place just so. She's quite tall, so I'm not sure very many people noticed.

  • AvaLehra

    This is crazy, but just today while driving to work I was thinking to myself, "Someone should invent a headband that holds your hair the same way a pair of sunglasses do..."

  • Joe Grunenwald

    Misery! Woe!

    I played Rapunzel's prince in high school. That guy up there is...much more dashing than I was.

    Will Depp be doubling as the Mysterious Man/<spoiler>'s <spoiler>? Because that could be fun.

  • e jerry powell

    I'm not sure how they'd integrate that. So many different versions of the show deal with MM and the Wolf in different ways. The Prince/Wolf MM/Narrator flip around depending on the director, and of course the film world would just use four different actors, because who in the movie theater can make sense of doubled roles? (/sarcasm)

  • JoannaRobinson

    Nope. Just the wolf.

  • Renton

    Ugh. James Corden? I thought we'd finally got rid of him.

  • Ambergold7

    Don't think we didn't get the reference in your last sentence, Joanna :)

  • Ian Fay

    This sounds like Once Upon A Time, except not terrible.

  • e jerry powell

    Don't put Sondheim and Once Upon a Time in the same brain.

  • fribbley

    Doing this movie without Bernadette Peters is a travesty of the highest order.

  • JoannaRobinson

    Yeah but at LEAST they got the best actress in the whole entire wide world of actresses to replace her. It won't be the same. It won't be as good. But still.

  • PDamian

    It'll be just as good. But different.

  • PerpetualIntern

    I worry about the singing. The Witch is a notoriously difficult part to sing and while I think she's indeed the best actress in the whole entire wide world of actresses, I don't know that she can nail the songs.

  • Yeah, I'm not worried about the actressin', just the singing. Streep's singing in Mamma Mia was serviceable at best.

  • e jerry powell

    I cut her a lot of slack. She hasn't done a Broadway musical since 1977 (and that was a freaking Weill/Brecht joint).

  • Robert

    I think the witch is hard to perform but not too hard to sing by Sondheim standards. It's inflection and characterization. The acting poses the bigger challenge.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I don't really think the Witch is notoriously difficult to sing. Not any more so than the other parts in this musical. Most of the leads are musically challenging and rangy.

  • e jerry powell

    The patter song-cum-rap in the first act?

    I mean, it's not "Getting Married Today," but still.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Nah, it's not that dfficult to sing - esp in a movie where you have multiple takes and the possibility of dubbing the singing in later. If the movie includes "My Little World" the role gets a little more difficult because it requires more legit singing.

    The counting in Steps of the Palace, though? The intervals in Giants in the Sky? those I think are harder.

  • e jerry powell

    I dunno. I absorbed Steps of the Palace pretty easily, not that I'll ever perform it. My brain works in weird patterns with some facility. But yes, if we're talking about a musical neophyte as opposed to a professional who has to bring it eight shows a week, it can be a thing.

  • fribbley

    I will not be mollified!

    I can, however, offer a begrudging snort.

  • Tinkerville

    James Corden is in this?! Shut up and take my money.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    SERIOUSLY. Perfect casting.

  • JenVegas

    my one issue is that the girl playing little red riding hood is too young. that should really go to a 16-18 year old.

  • Maguita NYC

    Especially Christine Baransky! That woman makes everything funnier, and I can't help but lover her.

  • PDamian

    YESSS! I'm not a big fan of musicals, but I'll see this for her and Anna Kendrick.

  • Carey Adams

    But where is Stormageddon?

  • Tinkerville

    Probably a little preoccupied with being a benevolent ruler of the universe.

  • jthomas666

    "Agony", Joanna?

    Careful the things you say--children will listen.

  • Captain_Tuttle

    True, but if it gets people to the theater, then the ends justify the beans.

  • e jerry powell

    Now I understand.

    And IT'S TIME TO LEAVE THE WOODS.

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