Let’s hope the glass slipper fits – Anna Kendrick is reportedly in talks to join the top-star cast of the upcoming adaptation of the Broadway musical.
Kendrick has become increasingly busy after her celebrated portrayal of too-cool-for-school girl Beca in the surprise hit “Pitch Perfect.”
The actress stars in the new comedy “Drinking Buddies” with Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, and Ron Livingston, as well as appearing in “The Last 5 Years,” “Get A Job,” and “The Voices.” Kendrick previously appeared in films such as “50/50” and “Up in the Air.”
The Hollywood Reorter writes that is a deal is made the role would put the actress opposite Chris Pine, who has signed on to play a prince in the film.
The play is a comic mashup of fairy tales that revolves around a baker (Corden) and his wife (Blunt), who attempt to get rid of a family curse by rushing to the woods to confront the witch that put the spell on them.
During thei journey the pair encounter a group of characters including Rapunzel, Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood.
The screen adaptation has already boasts a star-studded cast. The list of actors already includes Emily Blunt, James Corden, Johnny Depp, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Meryl Streep in a compilation of childhood’s favorite characters, such as the aforementioned Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Jack.
Depp is confirmed to perform a role of “a hungry and sexy vicissitude of the fairy tale Wolf”– that sounds about right for the quirky Pirates of the Caribbean and Lone Ranger star.
Streep will get to show off her singing abilities once more by playing the Witch who put the curse and thus set up the plot.
Finally, award-winning Broadway alum James Corden has been cast as the male lead, a humble baker who takes on a dangerous quest to lift the curse that Streep’s witch has placed on his family, Screen Rant reports.
As it was noted above, the adaptaion is being directed by world famous Rob Marshall, known for the musical feature films Chicago and Nine, as well as the 1999 TV movie, Annie.
James Lapine wrote the screenplay, based on his book for the 1986 musical. The Tony-winning original score is by Stephen Sondheim, also the composer behind Sweeney Todd. Frequent Marshall collaborator David Krane is working on the music arrangements for the film.
John DeLuca, who previously produced Marshall’s “Chicago” and “Nine,” will serve as producer on “Into the Woods.”
As a newly-released Disney casting notice reads, ““Into the Woods” intertwines the plots of several Brothers Grimm fairy tales such as from “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Jack and the Beanstalk,” “Rapunzel,” “Cinderella,” etc., and follows them to explore the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests.”
The news of the upcoming adaptation surfaced two months ago. Disney Casting directors in New York and Los Angeles were auditioning actors for starring and co-starring roles.
Additional casting was help in London, where filming will take place beginning in September, 2013.