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No other than Chris Pine and Jake Gyllenhaal! The actors are in early talks to join Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp in Rob Marshall's adaptation of the musical "Into the Woods" according to HuffPost. The two will be playing a pair of self-involved princes in the film. I'm guessing one will be playing Rapunzel's prince and the other, Cinderella's prince. There will be singing involved! Not quite sure about Gyllenhaal but we've seen Pine belt it out in the 2010 drama "Small Town Saturday Night" where the actor played a country singer. He even sang in the film's theme song "Someday Came Today."
But before "Into the Woods," Pine will be seen as Captain Kirk in the new flick "Star Trek Into Darkness."
For a little history of "Into the Woods" and what it's about, here's an excerpt from Wikipedia:
Into the Woods is a musical with music »
While it's clear that Meryl Streep (Mamma Mia!) and Johnny Depp (Sweeney Todd) have the pipes to carry a movie musical and writer-director Rob Marshall knows his way around the whole song-and-dance world (Nine, Chicago), Chris Pine and Jake Gyllenhaal, though gifted in the looks department, have yet to prove they can carry a tune.
That looks to change with the news that the two are eyeing roles in Marshall's upcoming Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods, where they'd play a pair of pompous princes looking to woo Cinderella and Rapunzel. So, yes this is another fairy tale movie where Streep will play the Witch (juicy!) and Depp the Wolf (yawn) while Tony-winning Brit James Corden has the lead role of Baker. »
- Andrea Miller
Stephen Sondheim has never been an easy sell on screen. The Broadway composer's work is complex and rich in a way that doesn't easily lend itself to big-screen transitions, and outside of early work like "West Side Story" and "Gypsy," few of his shows have made it to the big screen -- "A Little Night Music" and Tim Burton's "Sweeney Todd" being the major exceptions. Given its fairy tale subject matter, "Into the Woods" always seemed like one of the more obvious contenders to make it to the movies, with Steven Spielberg, Sam Mendes and Penny Marshall among the filmmakers who've flirted with the idea in the past. But with fairy tale movies hot, and "Les Misérables" proving a giant hit, now seems like the perfect time for it to happen, and musicals specialist Rob Marshall is currently prepping an adaptation for Disney. While it might be more commercial than, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Forget the poster, the trailer and the two-minute teaser; our first impression of a film arrives in the opening sequence. We should be hooked as soon as the studio logo begins to fade away. Any two-bit flick can simply roll out the cast list and hope we stick around to see them all, but it takes something truly spectacular to grab our attention from the get-go. For example, the use of crawl text did wonders for a little-known Seventies space opera; and now it’s the quickest way to parody one of the most famous and successful films of all time.
Of course, there are thousands of films whose opening sequences are as fine as their feature (Run Lola Run, Delicatessen and Enter the Void to name but three) but this article aims to shine a torch onto those where the disparity between the first five minutes and the remaining »
- Dan Wakefield
Tony Award 2013 nominations: Broadway-Hollywood connections include Sigourney Weaver, Tom Hanks, Paul Rudd, Bette Midler (photo: Sigourney Weaver in Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike) The 2013 Tony Award nominations will be announced tomorrow, April 30. Among this year’s potential Tony nominees are a number of film-related performers, ranging from Academy Award nominees and winners such as Sigourney Weaver, Tom Hanks, and Jessica Chastain to The Avengers‘ Scarlett Johansson, Our Idiot Brother and Dinner for Schmucks‘ Paul Rudd, and Tom Cruise’s ex-wife Katie Holmes. Two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks (Philadelphia, Forrest Gump) may be up for a Best Actor in a Play Tony Award for Nora Ephron’s Lucky Guy. Ephron, who died last year, directed Hanks in two of his biggest box-office hits: Sleepless in Seattle (1993) and You’ve Got Mail (1998), both co-starring Meg Ryan. Another potential Best Actor nominee is David Hyde Pierce (Nixon, Down with Love) for »
- Andre Soares
Say what you will about Johnny Depp's singing prowess in Tim Burton's "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," but the actor may be back on the big screen with another musical role! This time it's the sexy and very hungry Wolf in the movie version of "Into the Woods."
THR is reporting that the actor is in talks to star in Disney's film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical for his "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" director, Rob Marshall, who also helmed the Oscar-winning "Chicago" and "Nine" and the 1999 TV movie, "Annie."
Depp will be joining the fantastic Meryl Streep who is set to play the vain but very charismatic Witch. "Into the Woods" is a dark "Shrek" if you may, a hodge podge of classic fairy tales that feature a childless couple, Baker and his wife, who must go into the woods to lift a family curse. »
Into the Woods: Johnny Depp is in talks to reteam with his Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides director Rob Marshall for the big-screen adapation of Broadway musical Into the Woods -- and Meryl Streep may be his witchy nemesis. Depp, who last sang in Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd, would play a baker who journeys through a land filled with fairy-tale creatures in order to confront a witch (that would be Streep) who has cast a deadly spell on his child. [Variety] The Secret Service: Colin Firth will play an elegant superspy who trains his rough-hewn nephew how to be a secret agent in The Secret Service, to be directed by Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class). Based on the comic book series by Mark Millar (Kick-Ass) and Dave Gibbons (Watchmen), the movie is scheduled to...
- Peter Martin
When Rob Marshall started developing a film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s fairytale-tweaking musical Into The Woods with Disney, mention was made of him considering the idea as he made Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. It would seem someone else from the high seas mega-franchise was interested, since Johnny Depp is in talks to sign on as the lead.If he does lock in a deal, Depp (who sang Sondheim for Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd) would play a childless baker, who attempts to lift a family curse by journeying into the woods with his wife to confront the witch that put the spell on them. Along the way, they encounter Rapunzel, Cinderella, Jack And The Beanstalk’s Jack, Little Red Riding Hood and other classic characters.Speaking of the witch, Marshall is looking to keep the star power steady, with Meryl Streep considering the role. »
Depp would play a baker who along with his wife ventures into the woods in search of a witch, played by Streep, that has placed a curse on their family. Their journey will bring them into contact with numerous classic fairytale characters such as Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel, amongst many others.
For Depp, Into the Woods would be the second big-screen musical he stars in from a Stephen Sondheim Broadway production, the first being Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. As with that film, Depp would be required to exercise his vocal chords and belt out some tunes.
For those of you who've had the pleasure of seeing Stephen Sondheim's classic Into the Woods (1986) on stage, you know that, like most of the great composer's once-prolific oeuvre, it is very particularly a Work of Theater. Some artists' skill sets transfer easily between stage, screen, television and literature and so on but others do not. Certain geniuses are so tied to a particular medium they become it; Stephen Sondheim Is Musical Theater.
But musical theater is different from musical cinema. Naturally compromises will have to be made. The person doing the new compromising is Rob Marshall who Hollywood is still giving the musicals to, presumably because of the huge success of Chicago (2002) and not the floppery of Nine (2009). So yes, compromises must be made... but they do not have to be made in casting. Many star actors -- if you're forced to cast that way -- have great singing voices. »
- NATHANIEL R
The musical revolves around a childless baker (Depp) and his wife who attempt to lift a family curse by journeying into the woods to confront the witch (Streep) that put the spell on them.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Johnny Depp has recently entered talks to star in the Rob Marshall-directed adaptation of Into the Woods. “What’s Into the Woods?” you may ask. Well, it turns out it’s a musical that tells the story of The Baker and his wife, who are cursed with the inability to have children. In their journey, they cross paths with other fairy-tale characters such as Cinderella and Rapunzel. While it sounds corny and too much like Shrek in a couple of ways, it’s said to be dark and grim.
We’ve seen Depp dance and sing before in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, so this news shouldn’t come as a shock — besides, he’s previously worked with Marshall on the critically-panned yet commercially successful Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. He’s pretty busy promoting The Lone Ranger and has tons of other projects in line, »
- Paulo Lazo
Into The Woods Playbill Description:
A childless baker and his wife endeavor to lift their family curse by journeying into the woods, where they encounter Rapunzel (and her witchly “mother”), Cinderella, Jack (of Beanstalk fame), Little Red Riding Hood and other classic fairy tale characters, and they all must learn the responsibility that comes with getting what you want.
The last musical film that Depp did was Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007).
Marshall has a strong theatre background having been nominated for six Tony awards in his lifetime. He transitioned his theatrical talents to the big screen in 2002 with Chicago starring Richard Gere. The film earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Director.
- Alex Corey
In 2007, Johnny Depp stretched his musical muscles in the title role for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and the next year Meryl Streep showed off her pipes in Mamma Mia. Now the two will both head back into the musical genre together for Disney's an adaptation of the 1980's Broadway musical Into the Woods from Stephen Sondheim, adapted for the screen by James Lapine from his own book. Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides director Rob Marshall boarded the project back in early 2012, and his Chicago and Nine collaborator David Krane is working on the music. More below! The story is perfect for Disney with all the fairytale characters that show up. In the musical, a childless baker (Depp) and his wife attempt to lift a family curse by journeying into the woods to confront the witch (Streep) who cast the spell keeping them from having children. »
- Ethan Anderton
Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp may be joining forces to take on a musical for Disney. The sing song extravaganza will be an adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Broadway hit, Into The Woods. Rob Marshall (Pirates Of The Carribean: On Stranger Tides) is set to direct. Sondheim has worked with Depp before on Tim Burton's version of Sweeney Todd. The story centers on, "a childless baker and his wife who attempt to lift a family curse by journeying into the woods to confront »
- Niki Stephens
Rob Marshall's big-screen adaptation of Into the Woods continues to inch along toward a planned 2014 shoot date, and Variety reports that he's in talks with Johnny Depp (who had his first crack at Sondheim's oeuvre with Sweeney Todd) for an unspecified starring role. But it's gotta be the Baker, right? Meanwhile, Meryl Streep remains in talks to play the Witch. No word yet on whether Anna Kendrick, Patrick Wilson, and some of the stars who took part in Marshall's script reading last fall will return to reprise their roles. »
- Kyle Buchanan
Johnny Depp is in talks to star in Disney's film adaptation of Broadway musical Into the Woods, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The film would mark Depp's first singing role since starring in Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd: The Demon of Fleet Street. The project would also reunite Depp with Rob Marshall, who directed Disney’s fourth Pirates of the Caribbean outing. Into the Woods revolves around a childless baker (Depp) and his wife, who attempt to lift a family curse by journeying into the woods to confront the witch that put the spell on them. Along the way, they encounter a
- Tatiana Siegel , Borys Kit
Johnny Depp is looking to stretch his musical chops once more. The Sweeney Todd actor has entered talks to join Meryl Streep in Disney’s adaptation of the Broadway musical Into the Woods, which will be helmed by Depp’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides director Rob Marshall. The film has been in the works for some time now, and it’s a fairy tale-infused story that centers around "a childless baker and his wife who attempt to life a family course by journeying into the woods to confront the witch that put a spell on them." During their journey, they encounter a number of classic fairy tale characters like Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Jack from Jack and the Beanstalk. Hit the jump for more. News of Depp’s involvement comes via Variety, which confirms that Meryl Streep is also in talks to star as the film’s evil witch. »
- Adam Chitwood
The purpose of a movie trailer is obvious; it is to inform viewers of the style, tone and subject matter of any given film, as well as who is starring in and directing it, and also to let audiences know whether it might be something that they want to watch. Some trailers, however, completely go against this notion, misrepresenting the film either to get more butts in cinema seats, or to withhold a surprise from the viewer, so that they’re caught off-guard by what actually happens. Needless to say, with even the best intentions this can annoy some viewers, who feel that they’ve been duped into seeing a different film from what was advertised.
At the worst of times it’s a crass commercial practice, and at the best of times, it can be a clever bait-and-switch that makes you appreciate what the film actually is a little bit more. »
- Shaun Munro
Directed by Tim Burton
Written by Linda Woolverton
Alice in Wonderland is a truly inexplicable, baffling, painful film to watch. I don’t know what anyone involved in the film was thinking in making it. Did they want to honor the vision from the late Lewis Carroll? Did they want to honor the 1951 animated film? Or did they simply expect, callously if correctly, that if they threw a bunch of CGI against a wall, we’d all show up to watch in awe? There were, I imagine, people who hoped their experience would be that way. Instead, anyone watching this for the first time would likely start out hopeful, devolve into confusion, and then end angry at what they just sat through. Every single decision in this film is a misstep, every line of dialogue forgettable or painful, »
- Josh Spiegel
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