“Into The Woods” Promotional Images

Posted on July 31, 2014

And now, some gorgeousness to help you get through your day.

Into-The-Woods-Movie-Promotional-Images-Tom-Lorenzo-Site (1)James Corden and Meryl Streep

Into-The-Woods-Movie-Promotional-Images-Tom-Lorenzo-Site (2)Chris Pine

Into-The-Woods-Movie-Promotional-Images-Tom-Lorenzo-Site (3)Lilla Crawford

Into-The-Woods-Movie-Promotional-Images-Tom-Lorenzo-Site (4)Anna Kendrick

Into-The-Woods-Movie-Promotional-Images-Tom-Lorenzo-Site (5)James Corden and Lilla Crawford

Into-The-Woods-Movie-Promotional-Images-Tom-Lorenzo-Site (6)Emily Blunt and James Corden

Into-The-Woods-Movie-Promotional-Images-Tom-Lorenzo-Site (7)Billy Magnussen

Into-The-Woods-Movie-Promotional-Images-Tom-Lorenzo-Site (8)Mackenzie Mauzy

Into-The-Woods-Movie-Promotional-Images-Tom-Lorenzo-Site (9)Lucy Punch, Christine Baranski, and Tammy Blanchard

Into-The-Woods-Movie-Promotional-Images-Tom-Lorenzo-Site (10)Daniel Huttlestone and Tracey Ullman

Into-The-Woods-Movie-Promotional-Images-Tom-Lorenzo-Site (11)Johnny Depp



Our gay cards may be revoked for admitting this, but on the face of it, an “Into The Woods” film was not necessarily going to have us running to get to the theater on opening night. Under different circumstances, we’d be perfectly fine waiting 9 months to catch it on HBO. But between the astonishing cast and amazing imagery, there’s no way we’re missing out on seeing this as soon as it lands. The costumes are gorgeous; evoking a historical “european-esque” aesthetic crossed with some slightly modern or slightly fantastical touches. It’s the kind of costuming we wish “Once Upon a Time” had the budget and vision to produce.






[Photo Credit: Peter Mountain]

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  • I Cannot Wait. Period.

    • Munchkn

      You took the words right out of my mouth!

    • Ginmaru

      Let’s all go together. You save me a seat and I’ll splash out for popcorn and Milk Duds. I can smuggle half a dozen drinks in my purse.

      • If we live in the same city, I think this could SO happen!
        Where be you?

        • Ginmaru

          Alas, Florida. Looks like we will have to wait until I win the Lottery and set up a mass BK screening!

          • Save up your sheckles and come and meet the Bay Are BKs. Fun folks, us.

          • Call me Bee

            Oooh I’d be so there. With my two daughters who have the books and the TV special and one of them performed in the play in high school. They are excited beyond repair.

          • I’ll just have to float this idea to the Bay Area Bitter Kittens. Hmmmmm

          • Ginmaru

            Sheckle saving has commenced!

          • I and the other BABKs would truly enjoy the opportunity.I can tell you from personal experience, I have met some truly awesome pepole, in real time, through TLo.

    • Oui. Super-oui.

  • StelledelMare

    I am so excited I can’t stand it. This has been one of my favorite musicals for a long time.

    • ThaliaMenninger

      I love the show. I’m just not sure I am going to love all these not-really singers doing Sondheim. Depp, Pine, Corden, Blunt… lovely people, but can they SING?

      • MelVT

        I take it you didn’t see Sweeney Todd? Depp was great. I was at a talk Sondheim gave once, and he said that ST was far and away the best film adaptation ever done of one of his shows, up to and including West Side Story.

        • ThaliaMenninger

          Oh, I saw Sweeney Todd the Movie. My point exactly! Depp was no singer in that one. HBC was even worse, but Depp mumbled and stumbled his way through a fabulous score. If you’ve seen Sweeney Todd with a Sweeney who can actually sing, there is no comparison.

          • CommentsByKatie

            I was a fan of Sweeney Todd long before the movie and I LOVED it. (I also am not a Johnny Depp Head, or at least wasn’t until the Sweeney movie.) I felt like the acting chops and the desperation in his voice made up for the lack of classical singing style. Smooth, haunting, fabulous. Other Sweeneys sound jarring and overly forceful/cheerful to me, now.. HBC on the other hand…no. Just no. Give me back Patti LuPone. I actually have a CD where I mixed all of my favorite versions together…J. Depp singing the Sweeney songs, original cast for big ensemble numbers, and Patti LuPone singing the Ms. Lovett parts. I might be insane.

        • whaddami

          Also, Alan Rickman, who was just fabulous in that adaptation…..

          • Carolina E.

            Yummy Alan Rickman…. I think am gonna ‘love actually’ again, just to remind the greatness of male gender from UK

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            That movie is a buffet of yummy men-Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Alan Rickman…..sigh, sigh and sigh again

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            When has Alan ever not been fabulous? I’m biased, of course, but I rest my case.

      • StelledelMare

        Well Johnny Depp does have at least a decent voice as Sweeney Todd demonstrated. And Anna Kendrick can sing. I don’t know about everybody else. Hopefully they’ll pleasantly surprise us.

        • demidaemon

          Well, Meryl and Baranski can both sing. Most of the rest of these people I don’t recognize, so they are either Broadway stars or newbies, which could mean anything.

      • Citagaze

        Corden has a great singing voice. It’s no “Steven Pasquale” powerhouse voice, but I think it’s a solid, very vulnerable soft voice that I think fits to the baker perfectly. I can’t speak for the others (though I think I remember someone saying Blunt sings really well)

      • irielle

        People have been chiming in on singing ability. I thought I’d mention that the young lady playing Little Red Riding Hood played Annie in a Broadway Revival.

      • stickee

        I cannot vouch for everyone else, but Corden sings. Just go on YouTube and you can find several videos of him singing. Boyband songs, of course, but he has a beautiful voice, nonetheless. 😉

      • mila_8

        Recalling Pierce Brosnan in Mama Mia (((shudder)))

    • 3boysful

      Saw it on Broadway with Vanessa Williams. Looking forward to movie.

  • Kitten Mittons

    Lots of names here that I love seeing. Streep, Baranski, and Ullman? Yes, please.

    • MoHub

      Especially Ullman.

      • Kitten Mittons

        Especially! There is not enough Ullman in my life.

  • Kate Andrews

    Ooh! That looks wonderful. I love the original musical. The most exciting thing? Tracey Ullman! I love her so much.

  • MilaXX

    I love James Cordon. After all his second episode on Doctor Who (Closing Time) is where Stormie got her name.
    Johnny Depp being cast as an ogre was a bit of an “of course” moment.

    • AlisonHendryx

      He looks a litte more like the Wolf than an ogre, to me. Which is even more of an “of course” moment, given the … sexual… nature… of the role.

      • leahpapa

        He’s the Wolf.

      • MilaXX

        My bad. of course he’s the wolf, but I was thinking more along the lines of Depp’s love of being costumed for roles.

        • Wink

          Depp loves being practically unrecognizable on screen. Pity. He has such a nice face.

          • Micaela Cannon

            So true yet for whatever reason I can never unsee Johnny and see his character instead.

    • The Counselor

      Have you seen “Gavin and Stacey?” He and the hilarious Ruth Jones created it and play friends of the title characters (and regularly outshine them, imo). It only ran 3 BBC seasons @ 6 eps/season, so it’s easy to catch up on.

      • MilaXX

        I’ve seen some of it, but not all 3 seasons.

      • lsaspacey

        If you love Corden, then you need to see his series on Free Hulu, “The Wrong Mans”! He also created that one and stars in it. It’s awesome and they already ordered another year of it.

        • MilaXX

          I think I saw one ep of that. I hate watching Hulu. The constant commercial breaks annoy me.

        • JohannaEG

          Love Corden, can’t stand series based around people making the dumbest choices possible. Call the police, you idiots!!

      • another_laura

        I liked Gavin and Stacey! Very sweet show.

    • Trish

      It’s the shot of James Corden *WITH* Emily Blunt that makes m e think I might have to see this. And Anna Kendrick, and Lucy Punch with Christine Baranski … and … and …

  • NBG

    Spotted Baranski. I’m in.

  • didgerdoni

    Please allow me to add some thoughtful and incisive commentary: Squeeeeeeeeeeeee!


    I just peed my pants a little with excitement…….. Meryl! Christine!! TRACEY!!!!

    • sugarkane105

      “You mean you changed your name TO Latrine?” “Yeah, used to be Shithouse!”

      • StelledelMare

        Bless you for this reference

  • ‘Becca’lise Deveaux

    I recently saw a production of Into the Woods (knowing nothing about the show) and I thought it was just okay, not totally my taste as far as musicals go. But I recommended it to a coworker who needed to see a play for some college class she was taking. When she came to work the next day, she was going on and on about how cute it was and how much she liked the happy ending. Turned out she had no idea what an intermission was and left before the second act. Whoops!

    • Laugh for the day. THANK YOU for this!

    • Kent Roby

      I thought the musical cleverly mashed up the various stories, especially since it pre-dates “Wicked” and the current obsession with re-visiting fairy tales. It’s hard to imagine that someone doesn’t know about intermissions, but there are plenty of plays/musicals that would probably be improved upon by leaving after the first act!

      • AlmostClassy

        I sat down and watched it randomly on Netflix. Nobody warned me it would get *dark* in the second half. And I don’t know if I’m a fan of the actual music. It seemed (appropriate, of course) more often discordant or all in a minor key. I still don’t know if I like it because of the narrative whiplash I got. But I know a lot of people who like it, and my sister has said she wants to drag me to go see this one when it comes out.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        A few years ago I attended my first ever theatrical performance of “Hamlet”, directed by someone for whom I have deep, deep respect and admiration. I wish that I had left after the first act-that production just did not work for me. So, yes, sometimes leaving after intermission is recommended.

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    • Now I’m wondering how many plays and musicals would benefit from leaving at intermission…

      • whaddami

        oh, many many. The history of 20th century theater is littered with plays that have fantastic first acts, and weak second ones. It’s really, really hard to write a good second act…..

      • Sherilyne Cox

        It’s that Third Act that used to make the Second Act tolerable. There was a time in the last century when many mainstream plays contained three acts and the first curtain didn’t open until 8:30. More modern and contemporary audiences have much shorter attention spans, and the eleven o’clock number usually arrives at 10:15.

    • Judy_S

      I recall reading a REVIEW of the play that claimed everything ended “Happy ever after.”

      • fursa_saida

        Good lord.

    • The “children’s edit” (for use in schools, etc) actually does cut the entire second act.
      Pity, because Children Will Listen/Finale is probably the best damn song in the show.

      • JohannaEG

        Except for the line, “Children will glisten.” WTF Sondheim?

        • Me Again

          That line wasn’t in the original Broadway version. It was added when Barbra Streisand wanted to sing it as a stand-alone song on her album. The original song was only one verse and a half, so they had to expand it for the album version, and that unfortunate line was added then.

      • CommentsByKatie

        I get goosebumps and tears in my eyes just THINKING about ‘Children Will Listen.’ Ugh. Such an amazing song. It’s so good that it is hard to listen to.

    • irielle

      Our local high school performed Into the Woods and only did Act One. I believe that might be a common choice at the high school level. I think there was a crack about that during the Sondheim birthday special.

    • JulieTy

      The “Junior” version of this show (for grammar schools) stops at the end of Act 1 for that very reason.

  • Anna

    This is the first I’ve heard about this but *jumpy claps*.

    • mjude

      I am out of the loop or I don’t remember reading a thing about this.

      • Anna

        My mom took me to see a “junior version” when I was a kid and I’ve always liked it, but never had the opportunity to see the full musical. I didn’t know it was being made into a feature film, but I am very excited by this cast.

        • Yeah they cut out the second act with the Giantess’s revenge in the “junior version” don’t they?

          • Anna

            Yeah, they cut out the second act completely. Can’t remember all the details, but seeing as it was a kid’s version, it couldn’t have been longer than an hour and I’m sure they cut out elements from the first act as well.

  • WendyD

    My favorite musical WITH Chris Pine? I’ve been in since they day it was announced, but these images have me even more excited!

    • CPT_Doom

      I’m imagining him singing “Agony” and really hoping he gets the camp of that number. I’m hopeful. Of course, Christine Baranski as the wicked Stepmother, Anna Kendrick as Cinderella, and Tracey Ullman as anything in any movie would be a draw, plus the goddess Meryl.

  • Kent Roby

    Um, excuse me, but Mackenzie like totally needs a hot oil treatment stat on those excessively-long extentions! Ha, can’t wait for this, it looks like too much fun, and definitely worthy of viewing in a theater!

  • SewingSiren

    I just hope plopping in Captain Jack Sparrow doesn’t ruin it.

    • StelledelMare

      In the stage show, The Wolf (his character) does not appear in it for very long but who knows if they’ll give him a larger role for the film.

      • CPT_Doom

        Don’t most productions double the Wolf with one of the Princes? Certainly doesn’t look like this production will, though, which is good because a little Depp’ll do ya.

        • alyce1213

          “a little Depp’ll do ya”

        • fursa_saida

          They’re not, which is depressing–not because I want Depp to play both, but because I think having the Prince play the Wolf adds a lot of important subtext. I dunno if Pine could have pulled off the Wolf, but I’d rather see him try than see Depp be both.

  • Tammy Blanchard! She played young Judy Garland in the biopic with Judy Davis playing older Judy. I find her delightful and have been hoping for good things for her – I don’t know how much better it gets than getting to work alongside Christine Baranski…

  • Andsheewas

    Meh. They are destroying the second act (which admittedly is not strong). Plus why cast Meryl Streep when you can just get Bernadette Peters and be done with it. It’s going to be terrible, and I love this show so much.

    Although Tracy Ullman as Jack’s mother is perfect. I hadn’t heard that casting.

    • Andsheewas

      That said…the costumes are terrific.

    • MoHub

      Agree that they needed to stick with Bernadette Peters.

    • Snailstsichr

      Yes, I love Meryl, but I am sad they didn’t use Bernadette. She is a goddess.

    • Melissa

      I read somewhere that this is a Disney production? If that’s true, I can’t imagine it being as great as these images imply. The show is pretty adult and wouldn’t be half as great neutered of its more adult themes.

  • Frank_821

    It’s taken forever for them to get this made. There was a hullabaloo last month when Sondheim made some comments that suggest that were make some critical changes

    Great cast. James CXordon as the Baker is a great choice. Didn’t know Chris Pine could sing.

    I am a little surprised about casting Streep. I have great respect for her abilities and I assume this will be her perennial oscar and her globe win. But I would have thought they would have cast an actress a little bit younger. An actress more in her 40s owing to the arc the character undergoes

    Tracey Ullman will rock the part of Jack’s mother. She’s got the right mix humor and pathos

    • Kent Roby

      Chris Pine is in the musical; we shall see whether or not he can sing (see: Pierce Brosnan in “Mama Mia”). Regardless, he’ll have plenty of people fantasizing about going into the woods with him!

      • Pierce Brosnan is the comedy in musicals. An underrated but important element… 😉

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          After listening to Pierce sing in “Mamma Mia” I could only think, Pierce, darling, don’t quit the day job.

        • Kent Roby

          Underrated, important…and completely unintentional!

      • Alas – Any Moment has been cut.

      • julnyes

        When Brosnan started singing in Mama Mia, I physically recoiled in horror.

        • Kent Roby

          I’m pretty sure that everyone except his mom had the same reaction.

    • Claire

      I know regarding theNew Yorker piece on it, Sondheim later had to come back and say that he made those comments before seeing a later cut in the film and had to retract them, so who knows.

    • fursa_saida

      I am holding out 100% unsupported hope that a second actress will play post-transformation Witch. Partly for the reasons you stated, but also because the bigger Witch songs come after that point, and I don’t think Meryl can carry them. She can do the rampion one and all just fine.

  • Violina23

    I heard they are changing a lot of stuff from the play and all the Sondheim purists are ready to riot… so my cynical hat is on for this one. But damned if the cast doesn’t look stellar, and the costumes beautiful…

    • StelledelMare

      I didn’t know they were planning on changing a lot of it 🙁

      • Betsy

        I heard that because it is Disney, the sexual relationship between the a Wolf and Red is all but gone. Not to mention that in the show, Red is played by an adult and in the film, she’s sn honest to goodness child. I’m a bit disappointed by this but apparently Sondheim blessed it?

        • Gatto Nero

          The whole underlying theme of the story is sex and loss of innocence. What have they done?
          I’ll have to rewatch one of the original stage performances first.

        • Jacob Bowen

          At least Red is being played by Lilla Crawford, and not some ridiculous stunt casted child. The younger version of the stage show that I’ve seen didn’t have it, and it wasn’t awful by any means, but you would hope the movie would stick as close to the original as possible.

    • Kent Roby

      Hopefully the changes will be good ones. I think that filmed musicals are often as good or better than the stage versions even with changes (“Mama Mia”, “Cabaret”, “Oliver”, “Evita”, “West Side Story”, “Chicago”, “Mame”, “Grease”, etc). Let’s hope this doesn’t join the ranks of “A Chorus Line” or “The Wiz”.

      • Betsy

        Or Rent which was terrible as a film!

        • Kent Roby

          Yeah, I think the main problem with Rent is that they waited way too long to make the film, and the 6 original cast members were all a decade too old by then.

          • Betsy

            Agree! They didn’t quite look like Bo-Ho hipsters anymore…..

      • MoHub

        Mame? Are you kidding? The movie version was horrific, and casting Lucille Ball instead of Angela Lansbury was a crime.

        • Kent Roby

          Ha, true. Somehow I completely blocked that horrific version from my mind. In fact, I don’t really care for Mame the musical at all (stage or screen), but Auntie Mame (non-musical) is one of my all-time favorite films.

          • MoHub

            Oh, yes! Rosalind Russell was brilliant!

          • demidaemon

            Auntier Mame is one of my favorite films of all time as well!

        • Snailstsichr

          Lucy was a travesty. We should never speak of this again.

      • julnyes

        I love the film version of The Wiz, but that may be because I saw it before I saw the stage production (which was excellent).

        • Kent Roby

          I saw the original production with Stephanie Mills, so I had trouble accepting Diana Ross in the role (she was styled to look WAY too mature), but I did love the production of “Everybody Rejoice”, so fun and sexy!

  • As a total Sondheim addict I would have been there on opening day anyway, but with this cast, and these teaser photos, I may have to camp out at the box office. And BKs, if you don’t know the musical, you should! Such great songs. “No One is Alone”….”On the Steps of the Palace”….genius work.

    • MarieLD

      As a children’s librarian, i’m always sharing the song Children Will Listen to parents and other librarians. It’s just so good.

    • GorgeousThings

      There’s a staged version from Lincoln Center (IIRC) that PBS showed way back when. It’s available on Netflix

  • gabbilevy

    With you guys. Not much of a Sondheim fan (I know, take away my TK card), but the casting and the costuming for this looks pretty stellar. Might drop the $15 to see it on the big screen.

  • GorgeousThings

    I thought the Wolf was a baritone?
    And minor nit – I’m disappointed that Bernadette Peters isn’t playing the Witch. But hey, if I HAVE to settle for Meryl Streep I suppose I can deal with that.

    • Does anyone know if Depp can sing? I don’t suppose it would be shocking if a lot of this is lip-synced.

      • Kitten Mittons

        Wasn’t he in Sweeney Todd? I didn’t see it, and him being in a musical doesn’t mean he can sing, but…..maybe?

        • He was in Sweeney Todd, which I saw, but have no recollection of him singing. Or much else of that movie.

        • Gatto Nero

          He was in Sweeney Todd and sang his way through the entire film. Depp has said that he was insecure about the singing, and the score (by Sondheim) is notoriously difficult, but it was a strong performance.

          • Kitten Mittons

            It’s still on our (miles long) list of movies to see. So far behind, but glad to hear he held his own. As goofy as he is on the red carpet, I will always love his films.

          • Gatto Nero

            Helena Bonham Carter, too, who isn’t a singer, really held her own. These weren’t operatic performances but were still very much in keeping with the characters and the tone of the piece.

          • Kitten Mittons

            Love her too, that’s good to hear.

            The musicals on our list always slide down to the bottom, because my husband does not trust my judgment in this category. I forced him to watch Moulin Rouge, and it took me another 10 years to get him to agree to see Chicago, such was the damage to my credibility, apparently.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Oddly enough I rather liked Moulin Rouge-at least parts of it, but I cheerfully disliked the movie adaptation of Chicago. As much as I like Fosse’s choreography, Chicago was more cynical then even my twisted heart could stand. Besides, I can only take Renee Zellwegger in very small doses.

          • Kitten Mittons

            That is interesting, but I can understand it. I liked both of them, honestly. I enjoyed the music in Moulin Rouge, but that was the part my husband could not get over.

            “They’re singing, like, Roxanne, in the freaking 1920’s in freaking Spain or whatever.”
            “It’s France, and it’s the 1890’s”
            “It’s friggin’ stupid, is what it is.”
            “Have a cookie, baby”

          • FrigidDiva

            This is the type of conversation my husband and I have whenever I make him watch any kind of musical. I haven’t tried getting him to watch Moulin Rouge, I don’t think he’d make it through the first half hour.

          • Kitten Mittons

            He probably wouldn’t, if he’s like mine. It was just funny because the new music in the older setting was exactly why I liked it, and it was exactly why he hated it. It was one of those moments in a dating relationship where you go, “Do I really know them as well as I think I do?”

            Funny, mostly unrelated story: On our first real date, we went to go see Corky Romano, which was AWFUL. Both of us were sitting there thinking “If he/she thinks this is funny, there will be no second date.” Luckily, we realized we were on the same page when it was over. Crisis averted.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Baz wasn’t aiming for period authenticity in Moulin, that’s for sure. I love your approach to your husband-when in doubt, offer food, preferably cookies.

          • Kitten Mittons

            The way to a southern boy’s heart is through the stomach. If I’d had gumbo, or even just bacon, he might not have grumbled as much.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Bacon cures many ills and bad moods.

          • Kitten Mittons

            That’s about as close to a universal truth as one can get.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Preach it, sister!

          • Grumpy Girl

            My spouse had fun with Moulin Rouge, by tallying up the royalties for the various songs throughout. (He’s a musician, so he loves it when songs are used that the people who wrote get credit for. And I think he likes musicals more than he’ll admit, because he did a brief stint working in them before my time, and although he doesn’t publicize it, he never badmouths it.)

          • Kitten Mittons

            That’s cute. Mine just makes fun of it until I turn it off.
            He does like some musicals, which he will admit openly. I just have to choose very carefully at this point. It’s like coaxing a little a little bunny to eat out of your hand after you’ve blown an air horn in its face.

          • CommentsByKatie

            You have made me very grateful that my husband loves musicals and Moulin Rouge! Although he fell asleep during ‘Enchanted’ and refused to watch it again, which I haven’t forgiven him for yet.

          • Kitten Mittons

            (I haven’t seen that one yet, either)

          • CommentsByKatie

            I was surprised how good ‘Enchanted’ was! I was expecting DISNEY DISNEY DISNEY and there was actually a lot of thoughtfulness and wit put it into it. You have to get beyond the first 40 minutes or so to find it, though. (Which is probably why my husband fell asleep.)

          • Kitten Mittons

            It’s on the list to catch up on, but the list never shrinks. Le sigh…..

          • demidaemon

            Funnily enough, this reminds me of a barometer for a good movie. if my dad falls asleep during it, it is a good movie, but if he stays awake for the whole thing, you have to discern how good it may or not be, because he has pretty bad taste when it comes to movies (when we had cable, he would watch marathons of the Sci-Fy channels made for TV movies and stay awake the whole time. NOT GOOD.).

          • Snailstsichr

            Yes, when my daughter found out I was dating a man who loves musicals AND my Fiesta pottery, she said I should marry him immediately. (“Mom, you met the only straight man in America who likes Fiesta pottery; better hang on to that one.”)

          • I’m gonna quibble that she held her own. I enjoyed her rendition of “By The Sea” but she didn’t have the pipes for “The Worst Pies in London” which needs a strong voice to carry over the vigorous kneading and bread slamming, and “A Little Priest” was just passable. Her voice was just too breathy for most of Mrs. Lovett’s songs (and I don’t believe for a second that “no nepotism” was involved in her audition like they claimed at the time).

          • julnyes

            I would honestly be surprised if there actually was an audition.

          • She claimed she did. I rolled my eyes a little bit when I read about it, and again when I heard her sing.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            I was pleasantly surprised by Depp’s singing in Sweeney Todd.

      • Betsy

        I think his background–or so he says-is originally as a musician. And I was pleasantly surprised by his singing voice in ST. I’m sure he had some studio help but nonetheless…

      • MoHub

        Depp can sing, but it’s more of a rock/pop sound. He didn’t have the legit chops for Sweeney Todd.

  • ChaCha_70

    That shot of Red Riding Hood skipping through the forest is amazing.

  • Kerry McCombs

    They had me at “Lucy Punch” – I love her!


    • frannyprof

      And Tracey Ullman!

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Now, if they had been able to work in Emma Thompson in some kind of cameo, my little heart would be bursting.

      • Frank_821

        she could have been the voice of the giantess

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I have such love for Emma that I want her to be in every movie I see.

    • Qitkat

      BKs, do not burn me at the stake, but I am completely unfamiliar with this musical. I love these two women, but tell me, is this going to be worth seeing, and are they right for the roles? The sets/costuming do look gorgeous.

      • The Versatile Chef

        They are absolutely right for the roles. (Speaking as someone who has seen/done this show several times).

      • Frank_821

        Baranski is perfect-she’s playing Cinderella’s wicked stepmom. It’s a small role but the character has a couple of memorable, bitchy moments

        To be clear Sondheim and James Lapine use the Grimm’s Fairy Tales as a source material and not Disney. The tone is much more in keeping with those brutal old stories.

        • Qitkat

          I would imagine that with the Grimms being the source rather than Disney, that gives the stories more depth?

          • Frank_821

            oh definitely. The musical is about consequences with the Woods representing life experiences. When you look at a lot of the fairy tale characters they commit a number of unethical, even criminal, acts to pursue their goals. Act I is them committing those acts to pursue their deepest wishes. Act II is about the consequences of those actions from a more real-world view and karma. And payback is a bitch.

            Perhaps the most layered character is the Witch. She starts out appearing your standard villain with moments of bitchy humor. she becomes more and more complex as the play unfolds. She’s kind of tragic in a way and she also ends up being the brutal truth speaker. In one of her songs she spouts the lines:

            “You’re so nice. Your not good, you’re not bad, you’re just nice”
            “I’m not good, I’m not nice. I’m just right”

          • Qitkat

            I think you may have convinced me to see this film, or at least find a video of the stage production.

      • fursa_saida

        Meryl is right for her role in Act I. I’m concerned she doesn’t have the pipes for what comes in Act II. Otherwise, though, yes, it makes perfect sense. And Baranski is brilliant casting for the wicked stepmother–it’s a very “oh, bless your heart, that’s so SWEET you want to go to the ball! Now clean everything” take.

  • Betsy

    I played Little Red in a production of ITW many moons ago so I am BEYOND excited to see the movie.

  • Denise Rambo

    One of my very favorite musicals. This looks GORGEOUS!

  • frannyprof

    Tracey Ullman! Christine Baranski! Seeing this *for sure.* And that Rapunzel braid is giving me life on this otherwise workaday Thursday.

  • Ashley Ellen Wilson

    man oh man i am so so so excited for this!! I saw the production once at my college, and remember it being absolutely hilarious. Plus, you know, Chris Pine & Anna Kendrick, not to mention those fabulously funny women Lucy Punch & Christine Baranski. Thanks for sharing these!

  • jonnyf8

    I want to know if Anna Kendrick was considered for the upcoming Live Peter Pan. Seems like she would have been a lot better than Allison Williams can ever hope to be.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      As much as I worship at Christopher Walken’s feet, I do not have any interest in seeing the bland Ms. Williams as Peter Pan. Maybe Mary Martin’s ghost can come down and smite her? For Pete’s sake, why didn’t they go for full outrageousness and cast Martin Short (as Ed Grimley) doing Peter Pan? That I’d watch.

    • Qitkat

      As an Allison Williams aside, last evening when the news closed out, the arbitrary happy moment of the day was when Brian Williams announced with a perfectly straight face that Allison Williams would be starring in Peter Pan later this year on NBC. Talk about a personal promo that veered totally into ‘infotainment’– a term that makes me grate my teeth.

    • irielle

      Maybe she was just too busy. I’m very skeptical about Allison Williams, and I have to admit that I haven’t bothered to see that Sound of Music yet.

    • fursa_saida

      Huh. I’m trying to picture Anna Kendrick as Peter and it’s honestly not working for me at all. I can’t put my finger on why.

  • Jeff Warhurst

    I hate the musical, but if Meryl Streep is in it… I’ll be addicted I’m sure.

  • Claire

    This is one of those movies I go violently back and forth between being excited about and dreading (the dreading mostly comes from Johnny Depp, since I worry they’re going to hugely expand that role and I’m so over him.)
    Chris Pine looks way more roughed up than I expected.

    • demidaemon

      One thing I’ve noticed from stage to film musicals is that, usually, the cast and their time on screen stays relatively the same. Unless Tim Burton is directing it. Then, all bets are off.

  • MarieLD

    I hadn’t known they were making my favorite musical into a movie and am more than a little disappointed that Meryl Streep is taking on Bernadette Peters’ role. I think that might make me a uppity New Yorker. I’m not sure.

    • Kent Roby

      At least one can see Bernadette in the televised stage production (I assume it’s available, was probably on PBS).

      • MarieLD

        Aye. I’ve seen it many times.

      • Frank_821

        you can buy it on DVD along with the George Hearn version of Sweeney Todd

    • Anapestic

      Honestly, I think both Meryl Streep and Bernadette Peters are somewhat too old to be playing a role that Peters played almost thirty years ago. But I reckon Streep will do just fine with older witch, and for younger witch, well, you can do a lot in movies that you can’t get away with on stage. And the rest of the cast is very exciting.

  • Patricia Groves Dobrowski

    I really wasn’t sure, given some of the plot changes that are happening, but this sucked me right back in.

  • Alyssa

    I have not seen the musical, but am excited for this film!!

  • Paula Pertile

    Anything with Tracey Ullman is worth a see in my book. This does look scrummy.

  • Shawn EH

    Billy Magnussen and Tammy Blanchard? Making me miss my CBS soaps, but good for them!

  • yethica

    I am on the fence. Some of the reported song cuts and some casting decisions have me more than a little dubious. Don’t get me wrong… the people are good actors. It’s just that Little Red and Jack should not really be kids — they should be teens. And whoever is playing the witch should be able to morph into someone young. Don’t get me wrong… Meryl Streep is gorgeous, but she is not exactly young.

    • Same opinion here.

    • MelVT

      Yup. The “Disney” over the title makes me a little nervous.

  • Meryl Streep and Christine Baranski… Please let’s have some Mamma Mia fabulousness.

  • Emily Smith

    I love musicals, and this is admittedly not one of my favorites, although in fairness I haven’t seen it since my middle school theatre department attempted it and WOW was that AWFUL. But damn, I sure want to see this version. This looks amazing. I can’t wait to see Chris Pine play Charming as arrogant twit. And I hope Anna Kendrick plays a non helpless version of Cinderella, I think she will. Also the messenger bag that James Corden has looks delightful and I want it.

  • This looks pretty but I’m still annoyed they’re cutting “Any Moment” which is kind of a crucial piece of character development and typical Sondheim (and also, Emily Blunt deserves the fun of it). I am also perplexed by casting Meryl as the witch – are they going to turn her into Miranda Priestly in the second act?

    Chris Pine though – woof. I’ll see it, but I’m skeptical.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    I.will.be.there. Christine Baranski and Meryl Streep? to die for.

  • Also, for a Sondheim amuse-bouche, I recommend watching the version of Company starring Neil Patrick Harris, Patti Lupone, Christina Hendricks, Stephen Colbert, and others – I thoroughly enjoyed it (even if NPH’s Bobby is sort of a pastiche with his HIMYM Barney). It’s somewhat more of a giddy and optimistic production than the Raul Esparza version, which I find a little heavy and depressing. Plus, Christina Hendricks is the only person I’ve seen play April in a way that wasn’t flat or depressed.

    • Nailed it. All of it.

    • Frank_821

      Yes the NPH version is way better than Esparaza one. The gimmick of the actors playing instruments really didn’t work that well for me

      Personally I always wish there was a video recording of the original. It’s sad that I can only abide Elaine Stritch doing Ladies Who Lunch

      • The Versatile Chef

        There’s no video of the original production but there’s a FANTASTIC documentary about the recording of the original cast album. Parts of it are available on YouTube. Stritch muscling her way through “Ladies Who Lunch” is fascinating and horrifying at the same time (“Once More. Sung, please.”)

        • Frank_821

          Oh I’ve seen that documentary. If they only knew then what we know now, they’d have recorded all his shows

          I wisely hung onto a VHS recording I made of Little Night Music when it was broadcast on Live From Lincoln Center

    • JauntyJohn

      Easy to find on YouTube and it is amazing. The aesthetic, the choreography… I thought Lupone was able to make “Ladies…Lunch” her own, even though it’s nearly impossible to hear it without Elaine’s fantastic, semi-fog horn delivery on some of those notes echoing in your head.
      And who knew some of those people could do — and do well, no less — Sondheim? Martha Plimpton? Stephen Colbert? Super enjoyable and well done.
      And Christina Hendricks plays ditzy so, so smart imho she steals ever single scene she is in. For reals. Check it.

    • StelledelMare

      I go back and forth over which version I like better and I finally decided that I really love both.

    • eandh99

      John Barrowman is my favourite Bobby, though the closest you can get to him doing Sondheim on film is the DVD of the Sondheim revue he did with Carol Burnett, George Hearns and Ruthie Ann Henshall.

      • fursa_saida

        You can find him singing Marry Me A Little on youtube, at least!

    • fursa_saida

      I’ve seen chunks of that version, and I liked it fine, but I honestly don’t think NPH has the pipes. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a good singer, but the libretto for Bobby is extremely demanding. I think the style of music he’s doing in Hedwig now suits his voice much better–his voice is a little too thin for Bobby, IMO. Again, nothing egregious, but I kept finding the shortfall distracting.

      • Fair. His “Being Alive” is nowhere near as heart-wrenching as Esparza’s. But the rest of the cast really pulls it together well, and Company is very much an ensemble piece, albeit with Bobby as the tying thread.

    • Melissa

      Very much agreed, though I didn’t care for Lupone’s performance in it. It’s hard to out-do Stritch. Everything else was stellar!

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    After a morning spent playing Cinderella (chores, scrubbing the bathroom), seeing these pics is giving me life!

  • JauntyJohn

    *splutters* How… how… how did I not know about this?

    Can. Not. Wait.

  • Jeremiah Capacillo

    LIVING for the Mackenzie Mauzy/Rapunzel shot. That’s some Marilyn/Rivendell/Disney-princess realness right there.

  • KT

    This movie’s going to kill it. Chris Pine looks HILARIOUS though.

    • fursa_saida

      I’ve been gleefully laughing at Chris Pine’s casting since I found out about it. Of course he’s playing Prince Charming. OF COURSE.

  • Lilla Crawford! Daniel Huttleson! Johnny Depp! YES YES YES!

  • bowlwoman

    Must. See. This.


  • Lisalady161

    Oooooohhhh, this was the hot B’way ticket when I was in Repertory Theatre. Depp singing “Hello, Little Girl” could be a singularly delighful experience.

  • Jennifer Bober

    I love the costumes, but hearing what they’ve done with the story makes me shudder. I love the show, having played Jack’s mother in a college production with, of all people, Mary McCormack (K-Pax, In Plain Sight).

  • julnyes

    While this cast looks fantastic, it would have been nice to see some ethnic diversity.

    • irielle

      That last time I saw Into the Woods it was with an all Asian cast, or mostly Asian cast. It was SO good! That company (Theater Mu) is currently doing A Little Night Music in St. Paul, MN and it was a joy.

  • Airkisses

    James Corden, by the way, is so extremely likeable. Loved him in One Chance. Also, no one will ever replace Bernadette Peters as the witch in my mind.

  • CB

    LIVING for the Rapunzel braid.

  • The Versatile Chef


  • Mr. J.

    Meryl seems to be channeling Helena Bonham Carter….James Corden is sexy. He and Emily Blunt look great together.

  • CommentsByKatie

    I just want to say that Johnny Depp’s picture, which is basically CG in a hat, is so appropriate for him.

  • jilly_d

    I had no desire to see it until I got to that shot of the three gals and saw the expressions on Lucy and Christine’s faces.

    • crash1212

      Exactly. Lucy and Christine probably worth the price of admission.

  • I guess no people of color live in fairy tales…No chip, just gets boring.

    • Frank_821

      Well if it helps Phyllicia Rashad did take over the role for Bernadette Peters on Broadway

  • crash1212

    Can’t. Wait. I might even go see this in an actual theater. Might.

  • irielle

    I’ve been excited since the first casting announcements. I keep checking online to see if a trailer is out yet.

  • Miranda Reseigh

    All I gotta say is that Meryl Streep is no Bernadette Peters.

    • RoseJB

      Yeah. Why not get Bernadette Peters to return to the role? That’d’ve been awesome!

  • FibonacciSequins

    Always nice to see Doctor Who’s roommate, Craig.

    • sherrietee

      YES! Thank you! I was like “I know that guy! I know that guy! How do I know that guy??” And now I know, oh, of course! It’s Stormageddon, Dark Lord of All’s Dad!

  • Mr. J.

    People, we must calm down….This is a ROB MARSHALL movie, and you know what that means….SAPPY, with all the edges filed off.

  • Man Dala

    The art direction and costume design look incredible. The cast is amazing. I’m not into musicals but I’ll definitely watch.

  • marlie

    These shots are gorgeous. I can’t wait either!

    Though there’s one person who is on my irrational bugs list (not quite hate, but I find them to be annoying).

  • berkeleygirl

    Two words: Anna Kendrick

  • Sophie

    Anna Kendrick’s face somehow looks a bit out of place to me. Too modern? Love the pictures and the costumes.

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  • BLauDGaspode

    Of course Johnny Depp is the wolf. Of course.
    I was so scared about this one coming out on the big screen as I do love it so, but maybe I’ll enjoy it. It looks perfectly cast! (Though, much as I like Anna Kendrick, she seems too modern/out of place)

  • ellatheingenue

    I love the aesthetic, but I am sooo worried about the singing. This is Sondheim, people. Also, how can you compete with Bernadette Peters when it comes to Sondheim?

  • ensilguz

    I love fairy tales!