The cast for Disney's adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's beloved musical "Into the Woods" is shaping up to be starrier than most galaxies, with Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Chris Pine, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Emily Blunt all set to appear. However, it looks like the film is about to get slightly starrier as Anna Kendrick is in talks to join the production, in the role of Cinderella.
For those who don't know the play, "Into the Woods" is a fairy tale bouillabaisse in which a number of classic characters, including Rapunzel, Cinderella, and Little Red Riding Hood, all make appearances. In the movie, Cinderella will be married to a prince played by Pine.
Given that Disney has had plenty of success with fairy tale properties, we think that there may be some synergistic crossover here, possibly with the actors looking like their animated counterparts. The fact that it's opening on Christmas Day next year (against another high profile musical redo -- "Annie" starring "Beasts of the Southern Wild" star Quvenzhane Wallis) suggests that it could have major Oscar power, too.
"Into the Woods" will be directed by Rob Marshall, who helmed the Academy Award-winning adaptation of stage musical "Chicago" and more recently directed Johnny Depp in "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides."