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David Krane, arranger for Into the Woods has confirmed that Meryl Streep will play the role of the Witch in an upcoming film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s fairytale musical.

In a recent interview, arranger and playwright David Krane has revealed that not only will Disney be producing a film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s 1986 musical Into the Woods, but none other than Meryl Streep will lead the cast in the pivotal role of the Witch. We reported on rumors of this development back in October, and it’s incredibly exciting to learn that the long-shelved adaptation will receive such starry treatment.

According to BroadwayWorld, Krane will do the arrangements for Into the Woods, while Rob Marshall (most recently at the helm of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) will produce and direct. Stephen Sondheim will reportedly pen new songs for the project, and original book writer James Lapine will adapt the screenplay.

A screenplay reading of Into the Woods was held in October that offers tentative hints as to who will fill out the rest of the extensive cast. Notable names included Allison Janney as Jack’s Mother, Anna Kendrick in the role of Cinderella, and James Corden as the Baker.

Donna Murphy, the voice of Mother Gothel in Tangled, filled the role of the Witch in the screenplay reading, as well as in the Delacourt Theater production of Into the Woods in 2012. Broadway legend Bernadette Peters originated the role in 1986, and her interpretation is the gold-standard against which all other would-be witches are judged. Streep will unquestionably bring a tremendous gravitas to the mercurial, intermittently villainous character, though the question of her singing talent remains a concern, as the role of the Witch is vocally grueling, to say the least. Still, Streep is nothing if not a professional, and it will be exciting to see what she brings to Into the Woods as we watch the long-awaited project finally develop.

What do you think of Meryl Streep as the Witch?

  • Samma

    If James Corden is the Baker I will go at midnight. But I’m kind of bummed that the witch isn’t Donna Murphy. You need some serious pipes to pull that part off and I’m nervous for Meryl. (It’s les mis all over again!)

    • Coco Kitty

      Meryl can do it, she has an excellent singing voice

    • Johnny

      Are we forgetting that Murphy is flat 7/10 times she sings?

  • http://www.facebook.com/sarah.upchurch Sarah Upchurch

    I really wish they would pick broadway AND film professionals.

    • Alec

      All of these people are fairly established stage actors.

      • http://www.facebook.com/jennhenefeld Jennifer Henefeld

        Established actors are different than vocalists…just sayin’

  • http://twitter.com/notenoughpuff Sarah

    As much as I love Meryl Streep, I really wish they had gotten Bernadette Peters to do it. I can’t see a single reason why not.

    • Mark

      Something called box office.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Ehrenstein/1134662679 David Ehrenstein

        Meryl is one of the very few actors that can “open” a film. If she is in it hordes of people will go. Plus she can SING!

  • Coco Kitty

    I am incredibly excited for this. I only get excited about a small handful of musicals and Into the Woods is my favorite of all time and Meryl Streep is my favorite actor of all time and I’m freaking out I’m so happy

  • Sisi

    I love Meryl as much as the next girl, but…. but…… Bernadette…..

    • http://www.facebook.com/jeffp79 Jeffrey Pereira

      Hell yeah Bernadette Peters all the way!!

  • RussellTurner

    I never saw ‘Into the Woods’.. heard amazing things. Meryl Streep is seriously perfection. She can do anything!

  • Annette

    Love Meryl but come on…..why not Bernadette Peters? No one can top her.Mamma Mia?? Cringe. Big names don’t help..just have two words, Russell Crowe

  • Me

    Yeah, um, They have to do this right! this is the meaning of my existence! No, literally, my parents met at their college adaptation of into the woods. (Guess who was Cinderalla and the Prince?)

    • http://twitter.com/inkasrain Michal

      That’s adorable :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/terry.minton Terry Minton

    The good news is, it’s not CZ Jones

  • Julie

    My very first thought was *SQUEE*!!!! I LOVE Meryl Streep!

  • Mar

    Meryl Streep can do anything! I can’t wait.

  • lulu2948

    Anna Kendrick? Why…

    • Ben

      I think Anna Kendrick will be FANTASTIC. Plus, she is an actual singer.

  • Crazy-Eight23

    AH! I love Into the Woods and Meryl Streep! I’m excited/.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joseph-Molnar/630308610 Joseph Molnar

    No. She’s too old and will not look young and beautiful. Even though she is a star and will handle the role beautifully, in my opinion, she is much too old.
    Ann Hathway please.

  • nb173

    I read “Meryl Streep to play…” and instantly thought President Coin and got all excited. -_-

  • http://www.facebook.com/jennhenefeld Jennifer Henefeld

    This is my all time favorite musical. If you haven’t seen it, I’m not sure you can even comment on who should or could sing the various parts. I also love Meryl Streep, but I do not think she would sing the part of the witch well at all. Perhaps the Baker’s Wife would be a better fit – and it’s still a lead character. Of course we would all love Bernadette Peters, and I do think enough people recognize her to head to the box office – plus, if Streep was the Baker’s Wife. Love that Kendrick will be Cinderella. Again, my favorite musical, I’m terribly nervous Streep will ruin it for me – ever after.

  • Cinemama

    Meryl Streep isn’t who I’d think of as the Witch but she’s the consummate professional and this is film, so she’ll look absolutely glam for the transformation scene. If I were casting, I’d nominate Beyonce. Or Jennifer Hudson. Just sayin.

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