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Into the Woods is becoming quite the star-studded affair. Could Anna Kendrick be coming aboard as the most iconic shoe-losing princess of them all?

Anna Kendrick is in talks with Disney to play Cinderella in their upcoming film adaptation of the classic Sondheim musical, Into the Woods.

The movie, scheduled for release in 2014 is being directed by Rob Marshall (Chicago, Nine) and is set to feature a laundry list of A-list stars. Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt, Chris Pine, Jake Gyllenhaal, Tracy Ullman and James Corden are all attached.

Corden and Blunt are set to play the baker and his wife, who set the fairy-tale-finding events in motion by travelling (where else?) into the woods to lift a curse that has been place on them.

Among the many classic characters they meet is, of course, Cinderella.The princess has apparently not been living so happily ever after with her prince (Gyllenhaal).

If Kendrick puts pen to the paper, we will get to hear more of that singing voice of hers that we got a taste of in last year’s sleeper hit, Pitch Perfect. If not, we’ll still get to hear it in her upcoming flick, The Last 5 Years, the musical adaptation she is currently filming.

Cinderella has two solo numbers in the original musical as well as a duet and, of course, a few group numbers. The show, written by Stephen Sondheim (music) and James Lapine (book) premiered on Broadway in 1987 and has been a mainstay in professional, community and educational theater ever since.

James Lapine is also credited with the screenplay for the film. The release date for Rob Marshall’s Into the Woods is December 25, 2014.

  • theaterboy1

    I really hope this happens!!! I love Anna Kendrick!

  • zara

    how many fairytale retellings are there? I’m getting them all confused

    • xiku

      I know right? Maleficent, Into The Woods, Wicked, Frozen, Beauty and The Beast, french movie of Beuaty and the Beast, Cinderella, sequel to Snow White and the Hunstamn, sequel to Oz the Great and Powerful, Pan, Sleeping Beauty, Enchanted 2, Pinocchio, Arabian Nights, Snow White, The Little Mermaid, Tarzan, Hansel and Gretel in 3D, Legends Of Oz, The Jungle Book, … And this are just a few, there are many, many more, either rumored, or in pre-production…

      • Riana-Tiana Menezes

        Wait, they are making an adaptation of Tarzan?? Who plays Him? and Jane?

        • xiku

          There’s no release date or even year set yet, but here – “Expect a few different takes on the loinclothed hero: While brawny Twilight star Kellan Lutz shot a motion-captured Tarzan tale last year, Warner Bros. has been trying to mount a live-action version with director David Yates, who made the final few installments of the Harry Potter franchise. Rumored to star Alexander Skarsgård as the title character, this Tarzan would serve as a sequel of sorts to the original Edgar Rice Burroughs story: Here, the ape-man has left the jungle and assimilated into British society, but he’s asked by the queen to guide a military leader (Samuel L. Jackson) back into his vine-strewn home turf. (Just when he thought he was out, they pulled him back in!) If that’s not enticing enough, a report this week revealed that Yates is wooing Jessica Chastain to play Tarzan’s love interest Jane.”

          Also, there’s this animated movie, coming out this year – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarzan_(2013_film)

    • http://gingersletters.tumblr.com/ Ginger Bennet

      Into the Woods is a little different though. Now I know its not different by a lot but its a musical and it (spoiler) doesn’t always come with a happy ending. When I think of fairytales im thinking of classic “happily ever after” stuff and “Into the Woods” mocks that.

      I have personally done the show 3 times now and it still makes me smile and laugh, but the show is almost 3-4 HOURS LONG! I know they are gonna have to trim it down quite a lot for the movie which is really sad because its such a great musical. The humor and just overall story is very grown up and not necessarily only for children.

  • xiku

    I do love Anna Kendrick, she is an amazing singer and actress, but she’s not right for that role – Anna’s vocal range is too low to hit Cinderella’s soprano notes.
    In related news, Daniel Huttlestone, from Les Misérables, is also in negotiations for the role of Jack (though I think he’s too young, not even 14 yet…)

    • Sarah Tipton

      I agree so much with this! By what I can tell she’s an alto, and Cinderella is most definitely a soprano. I have no doubt she could act the part well, but I kind of wish they would add another Theatre person for the part.

  • Maria Wang

    Nice but I like Disney’s cast better. Even though it’s Disney, their cast seems less ‘Hollywood’. All those brilliant British actors and actresses! Probably unknown to most people outside of Britain…I just love that!

    But anyhoo….another adaptation. Can we just stop now.

    • xiku

      “Nice but I like Disney’s cast better” – this is a Disney movie, so… what???
      And “another adaptation” – this is the first adaptation ever of “Into The Woods”… Maybe you meant “another fairy tale retelling”?…

      • Maria Wang

        No, I meant Disney’s Cinderella (2014) with Helena Bonham Carter, Lily James, Richard Madden, Sophie McShera …a different adaptation than this.

        • xiku

          Oh, yeah, Disney seems to be betting a lot in this fairy tale boom… I do like that Cinderella movie cast, but I think I prefer the “Into The Woods” movie; I love how they connect the fairy tales and then completely change them in unexpected ways, making us reflect about the consequences of what we wish/do/say…

        • http://gingersletters.tumblr.com/ Ginger Bennet

          Into the Woods is completely different than Cinderella. They actually have the broadway show on Netflix. Its really good if you have the time to watch it.

  • Sarah Tipton

    I may be the only one with this opinion, but I don’t like it when a musical is created into a Hollywood movie. Especially when most of the cast consists of Hollywood stars that don’t have the voices to carry the roles. For instance, I did not like Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd. Did I have a problem with Johnny Depp’s acting? No. Sweeney was just too strenuous of a part for his voice. The same goes for Helena Bonham Carter. I just wish they would add a few more Theatre names to the cast list, like Les Miserables did. Granted, I am a Theatre nerd, so this is just my opinion. I think all of these actors are GREAT for the role itself, but not necessarily for their singing part.

    • xiku

      - Anna Kendrick (though she souldn’t be Cinderella, because they don’t have the same vocal range) has been nominated for a Tony Award and started her career on Broadway;
      - Daniel Huttlestone (Jack) started his career in musical theatre;
      - James Corden, the lead, is a Tony Award winner;
      - Christine Baranski (stepmother) has won 2 Tony Awards;
      - Megan Hilty (stepsister) started her career on stage as Glinda in Wicked;
      - Tracey Ullman (Jack’s mother) has also been in several theatre plays;…

      So, yeah, though they are casting some big Hollywood names (Streep, Depp, Blunt, …), I think that they’re casting quite a few theatre actors, too… They’re investing a lot of money in this movie, and they need some big names to ensure its success. I’m not saying I wouldn’t prefer an all-theatre actors cast (I am beyond mad that Bernadette Peters isn’t The Witch), but I understand why they’re doing this, and as long as it’s only 3 or 4 big Hollywood names, I’m OK with that.

      • Sarah Tipton

        I think my only problem is that none of the leads (besides Corden and Huttlestone) are known singers that fit their part. That’s more what I was going for. I actually had no idea Hilty was cast as the stepsister, so that makes me happier! Don’t get me wrong, I am still crazy excited for this movie :) I do understand that they need to get more people to see the movie than besides the theatre fans, so I do agree that they need big names! I hope they give Bernadette a cameo or something! Like when they had Colm Wilkinson in Les Miserables

        • xiku

          I know… Still, I must say that I don’t think I’ll enjoy this movie. After reading the script (or what is supposed to be the script) I’ve kind of lost a bit of faith in this adaptation… Though most fans are pleased with it, some of the things that were cut are the things that, to me, made the overall musical interesting… But, anyway, yeah, I’m going to see it, and I hope I’m wrong and that it’ll be amazing, and Bernadette has at least a cameo! :)

          • Sarah Tipton

            I’m saving my official judgement until the trailer, at the very least. That’s usually my motto. And if I’m still iffy I will wait until the reviews start coming in. I mean I enjoyed Rob Marshall’s direction of Chicago, even if the singing wasn’t the best (though I admit I did not see Nine because I heard it wasn’t that good), so I still have a sliver of hope.

      • http://gingersletters.tumblr.com/ Ginger Bennet

        I didnt know about Hilty. Really? just a stepsister?! She should have a much bigger part!! Like Cinderella!!!

    • awkwardjenny

      Totally agree with you Sarah! I am an unabashed theatre snob and am getting really sick of Hollywood trying to recreate Broadway shows without Broadway level talent. I actually LOVE Anna Kendrick, and really hope she does a great job in the role- but you’re right she just doesn’t seem right for the character. And although she has a great voice, I’m not aware of her being a classical soprano like Cinderella is! (BTW, check her out in the movie “Camp” which she filmed with my friend Robin. She’s hilarious and sings some awesome Sondheim!) I hope they prove me wrong, but so far no amount of Hollywood effects or fanfare has been able to replace for me the magic of live theatre, especially without professional singers in the roles. And HELLO- Bernadette Peters could still play the Witch! What were they thinking????

  • andrew14

    I loved this until I read Megan Hilty is gonna be the stepsister.. She should be Cinderella!!!!

  • http://blackrapture.tumblr.com/ thegoodshipdestiel

    Hope so – I love this bitch!

  • Andrew

    I hope they do the alternates like our little world and steps of the palace alternates because they are soooooo good. my school did into the woods last month actually a month from today would be our second last show :( It was so fun! I can’t wait for the movie.

  • Jasmine

    I’m so pumped. I’m not sure how I feel about the casting or how they’re adapting it but Into the Woods is probably my all-time favourite musical so I’m super excited!!

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