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Two of the biggest stars in Hollywood are about to team up for a musical. Over a year after confirming that Chicago director Rob Marshall would direct Into The Woods, Disney is very close to signing both Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp for leading roles in the film.
Deadline reports that Disney first announced plans to have Marshall direct its adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's 1987 musical in January 2012. That was followed up with a table read in October that gathered several Broadway stars and last summer Marshall did tell Playbill that Streep was interested in the role of the witch.
On Friday afternoon, Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Depp is in talks to join the project. It would re-team him with Marshall, who directed him in the last Pirates of the Caribbean film. Into The Woods would be Depp’s first musical since Tim Burton’s Sweeny Todd, which earned him his most recent Oscar nomination. Sondheim also wrote Sweeny Todd.
The screenplay for the film was written by James Lapine and the score will be by David Krane. John DeLuca will be producing.
Into The Woods is Sondheim's mash-up of famous fairy tales, which makes it the perfect fit for Disney. Streep's witch character places a curse on a baker and his wife. They attempt to confront her and on the journey, they meet several storybook characters like Little Red Riding Hood and Cinderella. Depp is looking to play a wolf character.
Disney and Depp have become frequent collaborators. He stars in the studio's The Lone Ranger and starred in Pirates and Alice in Wonderland. His next projects include Wally Pfister's Transcendence and Barry Levinson's Black Mass.
Marshall won an Oscar for Chicago and also directed Nine.