Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Multiple casting updates for "Into the Woods"

Broadway World is reporting "confirmation" of several roles for the upcoming Rob Marshall film Into the Woods.  The majority of the names we've already covered in previous posts, but a few of the names are new.  Here's where we stand with just a few short weeks prior to shooting:

The Witch: Meryl Streep (confirmed)
The Wolf: Johnny Depp (confirmed)
The Baker: James Corden (confirmed)
The Baker's Wife: Emily Blunt (confirmed)
Cinderella's Prince: Chris Pine (confirmed)
Rapunzel's Prince: Billy Magnussesn (confirmed)
Cinderella: Anna Kendrick (confirmed)
Rapunzel: Mackenzie Mauzy (confirmed)
Cinderella's Stepmother: Christine Baranski (confirmed)
Lucinda: Lucy Punch (confirmed)
Florinda: Tammy Blanchard (confirmed)
Jack's Mother: Tracey Ullman (confirmed)
Jack: Daniel Huttlestone (rumored)

Daniel Huttlestone was not mentioned as "confirmed" in the article, and we have no news whatsoever thus far on who might portray Little Red Riding Hood.  New names to the above list from previous posts are Lucy Punch and Tammy Blanchard as Lucinda and Florinda (Cinderella's stepsisters), respectively.  Guess that's a definite no on Megan Hilty, then.   I had never heard of either of these actresses, but it looks as if both have worked extensively in TV and film.  Blanchard appears to have more stage experience, having bagged a couple of Tony noms in the early 2000's (including one for the musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying).  Their roles aren't huge so I'm not too worried about it.   The Broadway World article also lists Baranski as "Cinderella's Mother."  I imagine this is just a typo, as all other sources I've read have consistently listed her as "Cinderella's Stepmother."  Excited for this to finally get underway!

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