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Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick, Patrick Wilson and 15 Other Actors Line Up For Rob Marshall’s ‘Into the Woods’

Written by on October 2, 2012 

After teaming together for On Stranger Tides, we learned that Rob Marshall and Johnny Depp‘s next possible collaboration — a remake of The Thin Man — would not go through at Warner Bros., which left the filmmaker to return to a previous project. Sticking with Disney, earlier this year the Chicago helmer was attached to an adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s hit Broadway musical Into the Woods and now things are finally moving forward as a potential cast comes together.

Broadway World reports an extensive list of the actors that got together for a screenplay reading. As we know, the musical interweaves fairytale stories and characters, including Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood and Jack (as in the Beanstalk), in a narrative involving four wishes and the lengths to which these magical cares will do to make them come true. The feature adaptation is set to come from original author James Lapine and even include a few new songs from Sondheim.

As we move on to the cast, first up, none other the Meryl Streep is reportedly in talks for the pivotal role of the Witch, but couldn’t make the reading. However the long list of actors that did show up include the following:

Nina Arianda as The Baker’s Wife
Christine Baranski as the Stepmother
Tammy Blanchard as Florinda
Victoria Clark as Cinderella’s Mother/Giant
James Corden as the Baker
David Garrison as the Narrator
Ivan Hernandez as the Wolf
Megan Hilty as Lucinda
Cheyenne Jackson as Rapunzel’s Prince
Allison Janney as Jack’s Mother
Anna Kendrick as Cinderella
Michael McGrath as the Steward/Baker’s Father
Donna Murphy as the Witch
Laura Osnes as Rapunzel
Taylor Trensch as Jack
Casey Whyland as Little Red Riding Hood
Patrick Wilson as Cinderella’s Prince

Remember that an early screenplay reading for a film can often feature actors that in no way become involved in the final production, so, as such, take Broadway World’s report with a grain of salt. But judging from their scoop, I already love the combination of Wilson and Kendrick as prince and Cinderella, respectively. If any of these actors are indeed locked down, expect an official announcement momentarily for what would be quite an impressive ensemble.

What do you make of this possible cast?

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