Full Cast of Disney’s Fairytale Musical ‘Into the Woods’ Revealed as Filming Begins

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Disney is best known for taking classic fairy tales and turning them into musicals, so it should be no surprise that when the time came for James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim’s well-loved and award-winning stage musical Into the Woods to make the move onto the big screen, Disney was there to oblige.

The screenplay for the movie was also written by Lapine, and the project is being helmed by director Rob Marshall, whose most recent release was the box office hit Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides but who is perhaps best known for directing Catherine Zeta-Jones and Renee Zellweger in the movie adaptation of Chicago. Into the Woods is a blend of a several fairy tales that tie a number of characters’ stories together in a similar way to that of miniseries The 10th Kingdom or Bill Willingham’s “Fables” comics.

Disney has now announced that Into the Woods began filming in England last week with the full cast of the fairy tale musical now assembled. The major players include Meryl Streep as a witch pursuing a cure for an ageing curse that afflicts her and Johnny Depp as a Wolf with his eyes set on Little Red Hiding Hood. The charming Prince role that was going to be filled by Jake Gyllenhaal has now been taken by Billy Magnussen (The East), who will be courting the beautiful Rapunzel (Mackenzie Mauzy).

The list of players in this large ensemble cast goes on. Emily Blunt (The Five-Year Engagement) will be starring as the Baker’s Wife, who is searching for the cure to her infertility, and James Corden (Doctor Who) will play the Baker’s Wife’s Husband. Broadway star Lilla Crawford will appear in her first feature film as Little Red Riding Hood, while Daniel Huttlestone (Les Misérables) and Tracey Ullman (Corpse Bride) will play young Jack and Jack’s Mother, respectively.

Into the Woods cast Full Cast of Disneys Fairytale Musical Into the Woods Revealed as Filming Begins

Have you got time for a few more names? Star Trek‘s rebooted Captain James T. Kirk, Chris Pine, will also be playing a handsome Prince, who courts a Cinderella played by Pitch Perfect lead Anna Kendrick. Cinderella’s spoiled stepsisters will be played by Tammy Blanchard (Moneyball) and Lucy Punch (The 10th Kingdom), and West End actor Joanna Riding will portray her late mother. Filling out the supporting roles are Simon Russell Beale (My Week With Marilyn) as the Baker’s father, Annette Crosbie (One Foot in the Grave) as Red Riding Hood’s grandmother and Frances de la Tour once again taking on the role of a giant after becoming well-known as Madame Maxime in the Harry Potter series.

The final cast indicates a significant amount of musical talent, as well as quite a lot of actors who are experiences with stage work and musicals. After this year’s Les Misérables, which received mixed reviews and was criticized both for the final effect of the live recorded dialogue and director Tom Hooper’s insistence on keeping the camera alarmingly close to the actors’ faces for much of the running time, Into the Woods will be the next big test of a stage musical’s transference to the screen. As was done for Les Misérables, Sondheim has also written a brand new number for the film to give Into the Woods a shot at a Best Original Song award during the Oscars.

If any company is qualified to handle a fairy tale musical then it’s probably Disney, and with such a great and diverse cast, as well as a director with relevant experience, there are plenty of reasons to look forward to Into the Woods. But can this adaptation bring the magic of the stage show to life on the big screen? Share your thoughts on the final talent line-up for Into the Woods in the comments.

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Into the Woods arrives in theaters on December 25, 2014.

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  1. Of course, because it isn’t a live action Disney movie without Johnny Depp.

    • Maybe Disney were inspired by this song, “Hey Johnny Depp”?

      (contains NSFW language by the way)

      • you should check out Sweeney Todd man. Depp kills it in that movie. Not a bad singer at all.

        • That was not singing. They turned a lot of what is sung for that part into spoken-song

        • Johnny Depp was part of a band before he was an actor so its not a big suprise.

  2. Chris Pine.. it will be very interesting to see him in a singing role! He’s quickly becoming one of my favorite actors these days and I think he deserves a lot more praise! I’m excited for this movie.

  3. Anna kendrick is stunning in a not overbearing kinda way

  4. Can Meryl Streep sing? I haven’t seen Mamma Mia nor do I want to. Anybody thats seen it know if she can sing?

    • Actually, she sings fairly well…though I AM glad acting is her actual profession.

      • Not well enough for the songs the witch sings. Glenn Close has decades of broadway musicals behind her from Barnum to Sunset Boulevard. Streep has one adequate movie of pop ditties.

    • She can actually sing very well. She has sung in a couple of movies, not just Mama Mia. I thought she stole the show in Mama Mia.

    • I’m so excited for this!! I love this musical and can’t wait to see what they do with it in a movie lol, Johnny Depp is gonna be great as the wolf! And I think Chris Pine will be interesting to see in a musical haha I’m gonna picture Captain Kirk though (kinda fitting actually lol)

  5. That’s a pretty great cast.

  6. Actually, I liked how close the camera was to the actors faces in Les Miserables just because of how it accurately captured the emotional intensity from both the book and the musical (something I felt the Liam Neeson movie didn’t really do).

    • I’m with you. The closeups allowed for a dramatic intensity not available on the stage. There needed to be more establishing shots between the number for the sake of flow and wanted the complete songs, but know it was a length problem. Still hoping for a Director’s cut.

  7. Those will be good, as long as they stay dark like the play

  8. Umm, “the Baker’s Wife’s Husband”? seriously? James Corden is playing the Baker. Simply put. After all, the Baker’s Wife’s Husband would in fact be the Baker himself. You guys should fix that.

    • Yeah, that’s pretty funny.

    • It was a joke based on the fact that so many of the characters are named after their relationship with other characters.

      • oh yeah, I get it now, but it was pretty hard to get the first time, and I would’ve just said the Baker.

  9. Still don’t see the Streep casting. Judging by Mama Mia, her singing voice is just barely so so and there are two huge songs: Last Midnight and Children Will Listen originally sung by Bernadette Peters. Glenn Close would have been a much better choice. Johnny Depp feels way too much star power for a fairly small role, and do they keep the wolf anatomically correct? Lila Crawford has been excellent in Annie and as a young teen might be okay. Can she capture the innocence lost feeling of “I Know Things Now”? We shall see. Other than that, the only quibble might be the length … This sucker is looooooooonnnnnng. Changes will be made but the songs and story are great so probably well worth seeing since it will be hard to screw that up as long as they don’t try to Disneyfy it into submission.

  10. I grew up on this musical. I’m pretty psyched! :D I was hoping this project would gain traction after the success of Les Mes late last year. Maybe with time (especially if Into The Woods is a hit) other musicals will get the movie treatment too! I’ve got my fingers crossed for Wicked.

  11. I saw Billy Magnussen on Broadway in Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike. He was pretty great. It’ll be nice to see him sing alongside Chris Pine.

  12. I was prince charming and the wolf years ago in my high school musical. This musical is dark funny and depressing. It is a great show!. Im so excited to see this cast at work especially depp helm the sex crazed wolf

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  14. I so glad that the recorded the original broadway cast with Peters. It’s fun to watch with my kids now – for the longest time I would just watch the first act with them, since the second act isn’t really kid-friendly. I’m worried that Disney will Disneyfy the second act – and the loss of the mysterious man (apparently now integrated into the witch) – we may lost the best song in the show “No More”. I’m also hoping for a narrator role to break the fourth wall – perhaps an homage to Blazing Saddles with a backstage assassination of the director? No, unfortunately I think the show will be played straight and safe and lose the bite of the stage production. It will be marketed to pre-teen “Frozen” loving masses when, in fact, it’s a very adult story.

  15. Truly looking forward to this but still concerned about the length and the very dark side of the second act. This is wonderful in a stage production but might be a whole lot of slice and dice in a movie.

  16. I was fortunate enough to see this on broadway with original cast. Great show. Sondheim is written for strong voices and is very difficult for the novice singer. One of my favorite shows. Hope Disney keeps the edge.

  17. I’m so upset that they cast different actors for the Wolf and Charming. In the original the same actor did the 2 roles for the allegory that there is no difference between the two, they both prey on women.