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Disney’s INTO THE WOODS Coming December 25, 2014
September 17, 2013 Entertainment

Walt Disney Studios announced INTO THE WOODS during the live-action films presentation at the D23 Expo, but there was no hint at the all star cast involved.  Chris Pine, Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, and Tracey Ullman are but a few of the recognizable names in this musical twist on the traditional Grimm Fairy Tales.  INTO THE WOODS is a Stephen Sondheim musical that debuted on Broadway in 1987, and was the first in the recent trend to put a new spin on traditional fairy tales.  INTO THE WOODS is currently scheduled to open in theaters on December 25, 2014.  Continue reading for all the details in Disney’s press release.

Update December 31, 2014

Stephen Sondheim’s music, coupled with great actors creates fireworks, says director Rob Marshall in this featurette on the music of Disney’s INTO THE WOODS.

Update December 23, 2014

Click here for George Gensler’s spoiler-free movie review of Disney’s INTO THE WOODS, “Wishes Come True, Not Free.”

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(Left to right) The Baker (James Corden), Baker’s Wife (Emily Blunt), and the Witch (Meryl Streep), photo by Peter Mountain © 2014 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

 

Update December 22, 2014

During the New York City press junket, the cast and crew of Disney’s INTO THE WOODS discuss the creation of their joyful experience; click here for full story.

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Emily Blunt, photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Walt Disney Studios

 

Update December 5, 2014

Anna Kendrick as Cinderella finds herself trapped on the stairs of the palace, and responds in that time honored musical tradition – by singing. Watch the clip below.

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Anna Kendrick as Cinderella in Disney’s INTO THE WOODS, photo by Peter Mountain © 2014 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Update November 11, 2014

Full trailer released for Disney’s INTO THE WOODS along with a series of GIF character posters

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Update October 28, 2014

Director Rob Marshall, composer Stephen Sondheim, and the cast of Disney’s INTO THE WOODS share an inside look at the film.

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Meryl Streep stars as the Witch in INTO THE WOODS, photo by Peter Mountain © 2014 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Meryl Streep stars as the Witch and MacKenzie Mauzy as Rapunzel in INTO THE WOODS, photo by Peter Mountain © 2014 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Meryl Streep stars as the Witch and MacKenzie Mauzy as Rapunzel in INTO THE WOODS, photo by Peter Mountain © 2014 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Update September 16, 2014

Poster released for Disney’s INTO THE WOODS – the poster looks perfectly appropriate for Halloween as opposed to its Christmas release.  What do you think?

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Update July 31, 2014

First trailer and images released for Disney’s INTO THE WOODS.

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Emily Blunt and James Corden star as a baker and his wife who wish to start a family in “Into the Woods,” a modern twist on beloved fairy tales. Based on the Tony®-winning musical, the film hits theaters nationwide Dec. 25, 2014. Photo by: Peter Mountain. © 2014 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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“Into the Woods” is a humorous and heartfelt musical that follows classic fairy tales—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. In theaters nationwide Dec. 25, 2014. Photo by: Peter Mountain. © 2014 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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James Corden and Meryl Streep star in “Into the Woods,” a modern twist on beloved fairy tales that explores the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. In theaters nationwide Dec. 25, 2014. Photo by: Peter Mountain. © 2014 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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With James Corden as the baker and Lilla Crawford as Little Red Riding Hood, “Into the Woods” is a humorous and heartfelt musical that follows classic fairy tales—all tied together by an original story about a baker and his wife. In theaters nationwide Dec. 25, 2014. Photo by: Peter Mountain. © 2014 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Broadway’s Lilla Crawford stars as Little Red Riding Hood in “Into the Woods,” a modern twist on beloved fairy tales. Based on the Tony®-winning musical and directed by Rob Marshall, the film hits theaters nationwide Dec. 25, 2014. Photo by: Peter Mountain. © 2014 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Johnny Depp fills the shoes of the Big Bad Wolf in “Into the Woods.” Based on the Tony®-winning musical by James Lapine, who also penned the screenplay, and legendary composer Stephen Sondheim, who provides the music and lyrics, the film is in theaters Dec. 25, 2014. ©2014 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Classic fairy tales like “Jack and the Beanstalk” are showcased with a modern twist in “Into the Woods,” which stars Daniel Huttlestone as Jack and Tracey Ullman as his mother. In theaters Dec. 25, 2014. Photo by: Peter Mountain. © 2014 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Anna Kendrick stars as Cinderella in “Into the Woods.” In theaters Dec. 25, 2014, the film showcases familiar characters and stories with a surprising twist that calls into question the idea of “happily ever after.” Photo by: Peter Mountain. © 2014 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Lucy Punch, Christine Baranski and Tammy Blanchard bring Cinderella’s evil stepsisters and stepmother to life in “Into the Woods,” the big-screen adaptation of the Tony® Award-winning musical. In theaters Dec. 25, 2014. Photo by: Peter Mountain. © 2014 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Chris Pine stars as Cinderella’s Prince in “Into the Woods,” a modern twist on beloved fairy tales. Based on the Tony®-winning musical, the film hits theaters nationwide Dec. 25, 2014. Photo by: Peter Mountain. © 2014 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Billy Magnussen stars as Rapunzel’s Prince in “Into the Woods,” which takes the longtime and beloved Tony® Award-winning musical to the big screen for the first time ever. In theaters Dec. 25, 2014. Photo by: Peter Mountain. © 2014 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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MacKenzie Mauzy stars as Rapunzel in “Into the Woods,” a modern twist on beloved fairy tales. Based on the Tony®-winning musical and directed by Rob Marshall, the film hits theaters nationwide Dec. 25, 2014. Photo by: Peter Mountain. © 2014 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Update September 28, 2013

First look image of Meryl Streep venturing “Into the Woods” as the Witch who wishes to reverse a curse so that her beauty may be restored.

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Meryl Streep as “The Witch” in Disney’s INTO THE WOODS. Photo by Peter Mountain ©2013 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

 

Original post from September 17, 2013 follows below…

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Image courtesy D23 ©Disney. All rights reserved.

From Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

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Disney’s “Into the Woods” kicked off production last week, featuring an award-winning production team and all-star ensemble cast.  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 — including an all-new song for the big-screen adaptation.  “Into the Woods” is produced by Marshall, John DeLuca, “Wicked” producer Marc Platt and Callum McDougall. Shooting in studio and on location throughout England, the film is slated for a December 25, 2014, holiday release.

“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, 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.

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Sean Baily (President, Disney Live Action) announces INTO THE WOODS at the D23 Expo. Photo courtesy of D23 EXPO by Richard Harbaugh

 

The all-star ensemble cast includes:

  • Meryl Streep (“The Iron Lady,” “The Devil Wears Prada,” “August: Osage County”) portrays the Witch who wishes to reverse a curse so that her beauty may be restored.
  • Emily Blunt (“Looper,” “The Young Victoria,” “The Devil Wears Prada”) is the Baker’s Wife, a childless woman who longs to be a mother.
  • James Corden (Broadway’s “One Man, Two Guvnors,” “The Three Musketeers,” “Gavin & Stacey”) plays the role of the Baker, a hard-working man who desperately wants to start a family.
  • Anna Kendrick (“Pitch Perfect,” “Up in the Air”) fills the shoes of Cinderella, who finds herself on a journey of self-discovery.
  • Chris Pine (“Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Jack Ryan”) portrays Cinderella’s Prince, charming and impossibly handsome, who is on an endless quest to find his bride.
  • Johnny Depp (“Pirates of the Caribbean” films, “The Lone Ranger,” “Sweeney Todd”) steps in as the Wolf, who sets his sights on Little Red Riding Hood.
  • Lilla Crawford (Broadway’s “Annie”) makes her feature-film debut as Little Red Riding Hood, a smart and spunky girl who journeys into the woods, finding unexpected adventures along the way.
  • Daniel Huttlestone (“Les Misérables”) lands the role of Jack, an absentminded and adventurous boy who trades his treasured cow for five magic beans.
  • Tracey Ullman joins the cast as Jack’s Mother, a poor and exasperated mom who is overwhelmed, yet fiercely protective of her son.
  • Christine Baranski (“Mamma Mia!,” “Chicago” “The Good Wife”) takes on the infamous Stepmother who wishes for riches and grandeur; she’ll do anything to marry off one of her daughters to a prince.
  • MacKenzie Mauzy (“Brother’s Keeper,” Broadway’s “Next to Normal”) plays Rapunzel, a sheltered young woman who experiences the world beyond her tower for the first time.
  • Billy Magnussen (Broadway’s “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “The East”) is the dashing and eager Prince who courts Rapunzel.

Celebrated actors from the stage and screen fill the supporting roles, including Tammy Blanchard (“Blue Jasmine,” “The Good Shepherd”) and Lucy Punch (“Bad Teacher,” “Dinner for Schmucks”) as Cinderella’s spoiled stepsisters, Florinda and Lucinda. Richard Glover (“Sightseers,” “St. Trinian’s”) is the Princes’ royal steward, Frances de la Tour (“Hugo,” “Alice In Wonderland”) portrays the giant, and Simon Russell Beale (“The Deep Blue Sea”) is the Baker’s father.  Actress Joanna Riding (“My Fair Lady,” “Carousel”) portrays Cinderella’s late mother, and Little Red Riding Hood’s beloved granny is played by Annette Crosbie (“Calendar Girls,” “The Slipper and the Rose”).

The big-screen adaptation welcomes 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.  Additionally, Sondheim has penned an all-new song for the story’s theatrical debut.

The award-winning production team includes Dion Beebe (“Collateral,” “Chicago,” “Nine”), Oscar winner for the Marshall-helmed “Memoirs of a Geisha,” as director of photography.  Dennis Gassner (“Skyfall,” “Quantum of Solace”), who won his own Oscar for “Bugsy,” serves as production designer, and three-time Oscar winner Colleen Atwood (“Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Chicago,” “Alice In Wonderland”) is costume designer.

“Into the Woods” premiered on Broadway on November 5, 1987, at the Martin Beck Theatre.  The production, which ran for 764 performances, won Tony Awards for best score, best book and best actress in a musical.  Among other awards, the musical received five Drama Desk awards, including best musical.  “Into the Woods” has been produced around the world, including a 1988 U.S. tour, a 1990 West End production, Broadway and London revivals, in addition to a television production, DVD recording and a 10-year-anniversary concert.

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