Following on from Disney’s teaser trailer for the upcoming Into The Woods movie, a longer behind-the-scenes featurette has been released… this time featuring the vocal talents of Meryl Streep and others in the cast. There is now no doubt – for those not already in the know – that this is a musical! “It’s not just a musical, it’s not just a comedy, it’s not just a drama,” says director Rob Marshall. “It’s all of those things interwoven.”
Sondheim is also featured in the four-minute clip. “We were lucky to get the right people for the right roles,” he says, adding, “It’s a large orchestra and it sounds great. And when it’s in a theatre, it’s going to sound pretty lush and spectacular.”
The Sondheim-Lapine favourite opens in the US on Christmas Day 2014 and in the UK on 9 January 2015. The cast includes Meryl Streep (Witch), James Corden (Baker), Emily Blunt (Baker’s Wife), Anna Kendrick (Cinderella), Chris Pine (Cinderella’s Prince) and Johnny Depp (Wolf). Sondheim collaborators Jonathan Tunick and Paul Gemingnani are onboard as orchestrator and musical supervisor/conductor respectively, with David Krane credited for adapting the score.
According to the Internet Movie Database, Into the Woods marks the first theatrical film adaptation of a Broadway play or musical ever produced by The Walt Disney Company in its history.
|Emily Blunt||Baker’s Wife|
|Johnny Depp||The Wolf|
|Chris Pine||Cinderella’s Prince|
|Meryl Street||The Witch|
|Christine Baranski||Cinderella’s Stepmother|
|James Cordon||The Baker|
|Frances de la Tour||The Giant|
|Tracey Ullman||Jack’s Mother|
|Billy Magnussen||Rapunzel’s Prince|
|Lilla Crawford||Red Riding Hood|
|Simon Russell Beale||The Baker’s Father|
|Richard Glover||The Steward|