Anna Kendrick to Play Cinderella in Disney’s ‘Into the Woods’ Musical Adaptation

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Oscar-nominee and fan-favorite Anna Kendrick was only 12 years old, when she was nominated for a Tony Award for her first acting role in the Broadway musical High Society. She went on to perform in the stage musical A Little Night Music, yet it wasn’t until last year’s Pitch Perfect – the popular college comedy about an all-girl a cappella group – that many people found out about Kendrick’s singing talent.

Kendrick is playing the female lead in filmmaker Richard LaGravenese’s (Beautiful Creatures) upcoming movie adaptation of Jason Robert Brown’s musical The Last Five Years, which examines the five-year relationship between a struggling actress and budding novelist from the perspectives of both parties. She is currently lining up to appear in another screen musical thereafter, with a role in Disney’s Into the Woods musical adaptation.

Into the Woods is based on the musical book written by James Lapine, with music and lyrics that were designed by legendary composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim (whose body of work includes Sweeney Todd, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and the lyrics for West Side Story). The story follows a baker and his wife, who encounter various fairy tale characters while undertaking a journey into the dark and dangerous woodlands, in order to lift the curse placed upon them by a witch.

THR is reporting that Kendrick has begun negotiations to play Cinderalla – who, in the musical, gets together with her beloved Prince (Jake Gyllenhaal in the movie version), only to discover that happily ever after isn’t everything she imagined it would be. Meanwhile, Tony award-winning Broadway alum James Corden – whom Doctor Who fans will recognize as Craig from “The Lodger” and “Closing Time” – is playing the baker, alongside Emily Blunt (Looper) as his wife.

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Besides possessing a great singing voice – listen to her rendition of the Cups song “When I’m Gone” – Kendrick has a knack for playing neurotic and uptight, yet warm and endearing people (be it in films like Up in the Air, 50/50 or the Twilight franchise). For those reasons, she feels like an excellent choice for both Cathy from The Last Five Years and the Into the Woods musical version of the famous Cinderella character.

Similarly, the rest of the casting for Into the Woods so far have been spot-on, when it comes to matching the actor or actress in question with a fitting role. That includes Johnny Depp as the “hungry and sexy vicissitude” of the Big Bad Wolf, Meryl Streep as the witch, Chris Pine as Rapunzel’s handsome, but pompous and self-absorbed prince, and Christine Baranski (The Good Wife) who may be in line to portray Cinderella’s stepmother (plus Tracey Ullman has an undisclosed supporting role in the film).

As for Into the Woods director Rob Marshall, he started his feature-length directing career with a bang – by helming the Best Picture Oscar-winning adaptation of the Chicago musical in 2002 – yet, his track record since then has been pretty bumpy (Memoirs of a Geisha, Nine and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides). The final result with Into the Woods should be a marked improvement on his last film in particular, if the cast that Marshall has been able to assemble together is any indication.


Into the Woods opens in U.S. theaters on Christmas Day 2014.

Source: THR

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  1. Can jake gyllenhal sing? Lol

    • In Saturday Night Live, he performed Dreamgirl’s “You’re gonna love me” in drag.

      Yes, he can sing.

  2. If that youtube video of Anna Kendrick singing is any indication, the film adaptation of Into the Woods is in some REALLY deep trouble.

    Cinderella’s role is vocally one of the most demanding, if not THE most demanding role in the whole play. Kendrick’s whiny nasal twang pop voice won’t cut it.

    By the way, the music and lyrics were “written” by Stephen Sondheim, not “designed” by him.

    • Uhhh… she sing accapella in “Pitch Perfect” last year o_O

    • Whoops, sorry I misread your post, I thought you wonder if she could sing XD

    • The *entire musical* is demanding–it’s Sondheim. Each role is demanding in a very unique way, which is why the musical is so amazing. :) That being said: I strongly doubt that Anna Kendrick is in as much trouble as you think she is. She already knows how to sing and control her breath. She’ll likely be in a recording booth with a vocal coach. She’ll be fine. It’s a personal preference, but I find her much more “listenable” than Anne Hathaway or Amanda Seyfried, for example, pulling from recent movie musicals. Judging an artist or actor harshly when he or she seems to have performed only one genre of music live (pop, as you stated) is a very quick little thing to do. Maybe the reason you dislike Kendrick’s “whiny nasal twang pop voice” is because belting may not be her strength. If she managed A Little Night Music, I think maybe we can shove a crowbar into that skeptical space and pry it open a little.

      • it depends on which role she sang in Night Music. it’s not ALL demanding, even Desiré’s tiny amount of music is (albeit incredibly famous, and unarguably beautiful) ridiculously simple to sing.

        Cinderella’s role in Into the Woods is the most “operatic” role in that particular play (and yes, I know ItW intimately, having conducted the Canadian premiere of it).

        I wasn’t impressed with Burton’s Sweeney Todd, nor any of the singing in that. Somehow, my expectations are quite low for Into the Woods. Hollywood doesn’t make good film adaptations of musicals anymore, because they all think they can “improve” on the originals.

      • I just looked up which role she sang in Night Music (her age, I should have suspected). She plays Desiré’s daughter, which is NOT a particularly demanding singing role. Most of it is spoken.

    • Actually, she had a good tone in that silly Pitch Perfect movie.


  3. Oh my… I’d watch Ms.Kendric in any movies she stars…
    but to be able to hear Jake Gylenhall and Chris Pine and Emily Blunt singing?! I will DEFINITELY watch this on the first day of premiere!
    Sounds to me this is going to be the next big musical thing at the Oscar.

  4. Cinderella is supposed to be attractive.

    • and people should be more respect,smart, and open mind. not stupid and shallow.

      • I love anna kendrick, she may not be a model but she is qwerky and loveable, it
        Makes her very beautiful

  5. Something tells me Tracy U. will be playing the Lady Giant. Either that or Jack’s mother. Has Jack been cast yet?

    I’ve loved Anna Kendrick ever since seeing her at about age 10 on My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies singing “Life upon the Wicked Stage” surrounded by Kit Kat Girls. :-D