Fasten your seat belts, musical-loving queer baits. Last night, news surfaced that composer David Krane (Chicago, Nine) sort of let it slip that Meryl will indeed tackle the tall task of portraying The Witch in Rob Marshall's upcoming film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods. I'm tentatively considering her confirmed for this role. Ahhh! Krane will evidently be doing the arrangements for the film. I learned that he had previously worked with Meryl in 1977 on a Broadway musical entitled Happy End, for which Meryl won a Drama Desk Award. Learn something everyday.
There is no word yet as to when shooting will begin, but if there's already (loose) confirmation of Meryl's participation in January, I anticipate a 2013 start date, which means it could be ready for a late 2014 release. You know what that means. If this picture turns out more like Chicago than Nine, Meryl stands a chance at awards recognition. If she ends up getting an Oscar nomination next year for August: Osage County, and follows that win(!) with another nomination the next year for Into the Woods, that would total six lead acting nominations in nine years. I've agreed with Regina over at FYC Meryl Streep that Meryl's past decade of roles might actually outdo her amazing run in the 80's.
This fantastic development piggyback's the news of Meryl's involvement in Tommy Lee Jones's The Homesman, which is set to film this spring. There's been a little confusion as to which role Meryl will actually be playing in that film, but most of the articles I've read indicate she'll be one of the "crazy" women being transported, while a lone article suggests she'll portray the spinster school teacher who assists Jones in actually transporting, a role I was under the impression (and still am, frankly) Hilary Swank would be portraying. I'm sure we'll get clarification on that soon enough. Who knows, maybe The Homesman could be an awards vehicle as well in supporting. Regardless, I'm thrilled to learn that we'll get to see Meryl in another musical. I've no doubt she's working on perfecting her pipes. That role ain't gonna be no vocal cake walk.