For such a bad filmmaker, Rob Marshall gets a whole lot of good actors in his ranks. Coming a day after news of Chris Pine and Jake Gyllenhaal‘s additions to Into the Woods, Variety and TheWrap tell us that Emily Blunt and Christine Baranski (the director’s collaborator on Chicago) are now involved, the former taking a top spot as a baker’s wife, the latter expected to portray Cinderella’s stepmother — so long as taking the part in Marshall‘s table read this past October acts as a sign.
Based on a James Lapine–Stephen Sondheim Broadway collaboration, its plot concerns the journey a baker (James Corden) and his wife (Blunt) take in order to lift a curse that had been cast upon them by a witch. When they happen to enter the woods, various fairy tale creatures are encountered: Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, the Big Bad Wolf (Depp) — and everyone sings, too. More musical numbers for Marshall to film incoherently.
Into the Woods should start rolling cameras this fall.
Here’s something of far greater note: on Facebook, Terry Gilliam announced his involvement in the Wachowskis‘ in-production sci-fi epic Jupiter Ascending. It’s a relatively secret project that he’ll be joining, so take it however you feel necessary when the director only deems his involvement “a small but vital part (or so I’m told).” By now, this could go in almost any direction?
But a pairing of Gilliam and the Wachowskis, regardless of its extent, is difficult not to crack a smile over. The whole cast of Jupiter Ascending is of note, actually: Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne, Doona Bae, Douglas Booth, Tuppence Middleton, Tim Pigott-Smith, and James D’Arcy comprise the central ensemble.
The film will open on July 25, 2014.
Do Into the Woods and Jupiter Ascending strengthen with these changes?