This came out a couple of days ago, but I didn’t have time to post this then. I don’t care what you may all say, I can’t wait for Into The Woods, Disney’s upcoming musical which reworks and mixes up several fairytale characters and stories. In order to break a curse, a Witch sends the Baker and his wife on a quest to collect Jack’s cow, Little Red Riding Hood’s cape, Rapunzel’s hair, and Cinderella’s shoe. Big Bad Wolf, the vapid Prince Charming, and the giants who plague this fairy tale land get screen-time as well. Based on Stephen Sondheim’s [creator of the superb Sweeney Todd] much admired stage production, fans have been understandably nervous about Rob Marshall’s upcoming film adaptation. First there were rumours about proposed changes to the plot, which almost immediately proved to be false. Then the first trailer downplayed the show’s music in favor of atmospheric shots of the forest, giving the indication that it wasn’t going to be much of a musical at all.
However, this second trailer features a hell of a lot of singing, notably an extended clip of Meryl Streep singing the song Stay With Me. She’s rather good, but then we know she can sing from Mamma Mia [actually she was the only good thing in that wretched movie, but I won’t go on about that here]. Apparently nearly all the other clips are also pulled from various songs, though we only hear portions of two.
Into The Woods stars Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep, James Corden, Emily Blunt, Chris Pine and Anna Kendrick, and will be released at US cinemas on Christmas Day, and in the UK on January 9th.