With all of the hullabaloo surrounding yesterday's release of the first trailer for August: Osage County, I'm sure few people noticed that casting updates were revealed for Meryl's upcoming film Into the Woods. Broadway World is reporting that both Johnny Depp and James Corden, previously rumored, have indeed been confirmed for the film as The Wolf and The Baker respectively.
The article includes information about the new material Stephen Sondheim has written for the film version. One song is a duet for the Baker and his wife called "Rainbows" The other is evidently for the Witch. Normally I would think this is fantastic news for Meryl, as more material would normally mean more screen time. However, rumors are floating around that the new song is a replacement for "the Witch's lament," I song I happen to particularly enjoy. More perplexing is the fact that Rapunzel is reportedly not killed off in the film version. As The Witch's daughter, Rapunzel's story being changed will inevitably change The Witch's. It'll be interesting to see how they negotiate such a big difference, particularly as it pertains to Meryl and her character. I don't want to start speculating about it in a negative way already. I'm inclined to believe that Meryl pulls quite a bit of weight these days with the trajectories of her characters' arcs, so I'll surrender my anxiety to her expertise.
Here's where we stand on the cast:
The Witch: Meryl Streep (confirmed)
The Wolf: Johnny Depp (confirmed)
The Baker: James Corden (confirmed)
The Baker's Wife: Nina Arianda (rumored)