We recently learned that Chris Pine and Jake Gyllenhaal are circling the princely roles of Cinderella and Rapunzel’s self-absorbed love interests in Disney’s adaptation of the Broadway musical Into the Woods. Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp are already on board for Rob Marshall’s darkly comic mash-up of classic fairy tales.
Sources have told The Wrap now that British actress Emily Blunt is in final talks to join the cast as well as Christine Baranski; James Corden has been rumored for the male lead, but has not officially been cast.
The Looper star Blunt will reportedly play ‘the pivotal role of the Baker’s Wife, a woman placed under a spell of barrenness by her witch neighbor (Streep). When the spell is lifted, she suddenly finds herself pregnant — but in the dark musical, happily ever after is only the beginning.’
Based on the 1987 Broadway musical by Stephen Sondheim and by James Lapine book, the movie centers on a childless baker and his wife who go on the hunt for a witch that put a curse on their family – Depp is playing a hungry and sexy Wolf, of course.
If Baranski signs on, the film will mark The Good Wife star’s first collaboration with Marshall since she starred in 2002s Chicago – she participated in a reading of the script back in October where she played Cinderella’s evil stepmother.
Into The Woods is scheduled to start production this autumn.