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Update: The first image has arrived from Rob Marshall's screen adaptation of Sondheim musical "Into the Woods." As first looks go, this is a great one: Meryl Streep as The Witch, with claws and all, who wishes to reverse a curse so that her beauty can be restored. Earlier: Rob Marshall's adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's masterpiece "Into the Woods" has headed into production. The film, which Disney has slated for December 25, 2014 release, includes an all-new song, written by Sondheim. Besides Streep (as the Witch), the cast includes Johnny Depp (as the Wolf), Anna Kendrick (as Cinderella), Emily Blunt (in the lead female role of the Baker's Wife), Chris Pine and Jake Gyllenhaal (as princes) and James Corden (as the Baker). In this fairytale, the evil witch (Streep) casts a spell on an unfortunate baker (Corden) and his wife (Blunt); they want a child, so they venture into »


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