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Disney's big screen version of Stephen Sondheim's musical 'Into the Woods' is making strides on its journey to theaters. Already among its cast are Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp. Streep will be playing a crafty, but sympathetic witch while Depp will play the lascivious big bad wolf. Rob Marshall will be directing this fairy tale mash-up that centers on a baker and his wife who must confront the witch who cursed them with childlessness years before. Now it appears that the production is in talks to add both Chris Pine ('Star Trek Into Darkness') and Jake Gyllenhaal ('Source Code') to its roster. The two are negotiations to play the film's sibling princes, Cinderella's and Repunzel's, and if cast, 'Into The Woods' would mark the first singing role for either actor. Production on the film version is expected to begin this fall.
As much as I'm not a musical guy, I love 'Into the Woods.' It's such a fun and interesting take on fairy tales, and frankly it's easy to see why Disney would be interested in adapting it to the screen right now. Any sort of revisionist fairy tale story is a hot ticket item at the moment. We've already seen two separate takes on Snow White last year with 'Mirror Mirror' and 'Snow White and the Huntsman,' 'Red Riding Hood' got a fresh coat of paint in 2011, and 'Into The Woods' isn't even the first of Disney's forays into the concept. 'Tangled' was a fresh new perspective on Rapunzel, and they are also currently putting together revisionist versions of Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty; the latter via the Angelina Jolie-starring 'Maleficent.' Personally, I think 'Into the Woods' has the best chance of really taking hold with audiences, even those who grew up adoring the classic princess model. As to Chris Pine and Jake Gyllenhaal, yes they've never had a singing role before and that is typically cause for trepidation in casting for musicals, but given the characters they're in negotiations to play, it might actually work perfectly. A less-than-perfect singing voice would speak nicely to the bravado of these princes, and I can't wait to potentially hear Pine and Gyllenhaal sing "Agony."
What do you guys think? Would you see a big screen version of 'Into the Woods?' Do you think the studio should cast Pine and/or Gyllenhaal despite their lack of singing experience?