Continuing the trend of fairy tales getting twisted and adapted for the big and small screen – similar new projects are Disney’s live-action Cinderella and ABC’s Once Upon a Time spinoff, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland – is the film adaption of Stephen Sondheim‘s Into the Woods from Rob Marshall and Disney. There’s already been some very big names attached, specifically Meryl Streep as the witch and Johnny Depp as that nefarious wolf.
Today, THR is reporting Chris Pine and Jake Gyllenhaal are joining the cast as two princes, one for Cinderella and the other for Rapunzel. The casting is likely, not officially confirmed, though it’ll probably only be a matter of time. Were they to be cast in the musical this’ll be the first on screen singing role for either. So, while we can’t comment on either actors’ pipes, I don’t think anyone can deny these two will look absolutely dashing as princes.
Into the Woods follows a baker, his family, and the witch who curses them, starting an adventuring which includes several of fairy tales, like Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk and Little Red Riding Hood, and their classic characters. Some may argue we’re being over saturated with fairy tales, but me? I can’t get enough. Bring it on!
Expect more casting, likely with more high profile actors, in the coming weeks. Shooting is expected to begin in the fall. What are guys thinking? Excited? Or could you care less?