It’s a bit of an odd choice for Disney’s first teaser for Into The Woods not to really acknowledge that it’s a full-on musical, but that’s presumably to intrigue people who don’t know much about Stephen Sondheim’s classic stage show and who may be a little uncertain about lots of singing.
This may be because Disney knows they’ve already got a tough sell with Sondheim aficionados, who’ve been grumbling that some of the darker edges will be removed for the film version to make it more firmly family friendly. As a result they know they need to draw in an audience far beyond the hardcore musical crowd.
And as with the images released a couple of days ago, they’re also still keeping us guessing by not fully revealing Johnny Depp as the big bad wolf.
It looks very pretty though and will hopefully keep to the spirit of Sondheim’s show.
The movie is about a baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt) who head into the woods to confront an evil witch (Meryl Streep), whose curse prevents the couple from ever having children.
Along their way they encounter various fairytale characters such as Anna Kendrick’s Cinderella and the Big Bad Wolf (Johnny Depp). Tracey Ullman is set to be the mother of Jack the Giant Killer, while Christine Baranski is Cinderella’s mean stepmother. Anna Kendrick meanwhile is Cinderella, with Chris Pine as her Prince Charming.
Rob Marshall is directing from a screenplay by James Lapine.