I have to wonder if there’s a little in house competition between Disney’s upcoming live-action Cinderella and Disney‘s adaptation of the stage musical, Into the Woods. Both are based on fairy tales, both are expected to release in 2014, and they’ll both feature the glass-slippered princess. It’s Lily James in what I’m assuming will be a family friendly Cinderella, but it’s Anna Kendrick as the rags to riches beauty in the more mature Into the Woods.
Adapted from the Stephen Sondheim musical, the cast of Into the Woods is already impressive: Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Chris Pine, Jake Gyllenhaal, James Corden, Emily Blunt, Tracy Ullman and Christine Baranski; the addition of Kendrick only increases that singing and star power. This version finds Cinderella after she’s already married to her prince, a vain man played by Pine, and looking for her place in the world.
Kendrick has been performing in musicals since a very young age, but other than a few songs in Pitch Perfect, she hasn’t sung on screen. Having not seen Pitch Perfect, or even knowing what it’s about, I’m excited for Kendrick joining Into the Woods. Mostly because I’m imagining she’ll play it like she did Scott Pilgrim’s sister. What a sass-tacular Cinderella, dontcha think?