Fortunately I have two eyebrows, so while one was arched in surprise at the Cohen news, the other was free to leap up and join its compatriot upon hearing that Cyndi Lauper may also join Burton's cast. This news, which comes from Lauper's tour blog by way of Film Experience Blog is vague at best. Lauper simply says, "I went in to audition for Tim Burton for a movie which was exciting." Burton is casting for Sweeney Todd, and Lauper is a singer, so this doesn't require a huge leap of faith. No word on what part Lauper might play, but the Film Experience article points out that there are three female roles in the play: Mrs. Lovett the pie shop owner, Todd's daughter Johanna, and a mysterious Beggar Woman who wanders in and out of the narrative. Lauper is too old to be playing Johnny Depp's daughter, so it's probably safe to assume she is filling one of the other two roles.
For the record, my favorite interpretation of Sweeney Todd was the one performed as a school play by Ben Affleck, George Carlin, and little Raquel Castro in Kevin Smith's Jersey Girl. It was a hilariously gore-soaked scene in an otherwise mediocre film.
Production of Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd is set to begin in early February at Pinewood Studios in London.
[via Big Screen Little Screen]