Disney has officially announced its first three cast members for the upcoming screen adaptation of Into The Woods. Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp are set to star as well as British actor James Corden.
Streep and Depp, of course, require no introduction, but Corden — who is playing the Baker — will be mostly unfamiliar to American audiences. He did, however, win the Tony Award last year for his starring role in One Man, Two Guvnors. The film will be directed by Rob Marshall, who has previously directed the big screen adaptations of Broadway hits Chicago and Nine.
Into the Woods, written by Stephen Sondheim, weaves the stories of several Brothers Grimm fairy tales together, taking characters from “The Little Red Riding Hood,” “Jack and the Beanstalk,” “Cinderella” and “Rapunzel.” It made its Broadway debut in 1987 and has been a favorite ever since. This is to be the first film adaptation of the play, however, after two previous planned productions fell through in the ’90s.
In its casting announcement released today, Disney also confirms that Meryl Streep will be playing the villainous (or is she?) Witch and Depp will play the Wolf. Both had been rumored to be attached to the project, but today’s announcement is the first official confirmation.
Streep and Depp have never worked together previously, though they were originally supposed to star together in Sweeney Todd, Streep’s role eventually went to Helena Bonham Carter.
According to Disney’s press release, none of the show’s other parts have been filled including the lead role of the Baker’s Wife. Filming is set to begin in September of this year in London.