Johnny Depp possibly heading “Into The Woods”

April 27, 2013

Johnny Depp is looking to act in another musical.  The Sweeney Todd star has entered talks to join Meryl Streep in Disney’s adaptation of the Broadway musical INTO THE WOODS, which will be helmed by Depp’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides director Rob Marshall.

The film has been in the works for some time now, and it’s a fairy tale-infused story that centers around “a childless baker and his wife who attempt to life a family course by journeying into the woods to confront the witch that put a spell on them.”  During their journey, they encounter a number of classic fairy tale characters like Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Jack from Jack and the Beanstalk.

News of Depp’s involvement comes via VARIETY, which confirms that Meryl Streep is also in talks to star as the film’s evil witch.  Apparently the film’s green light was contingent upon both Depp and Streep committing  and with them both nearly onboard now we can safely assume the project will be moving forward.

James Lapine wrote the screenplay for the film based on his book for the musical, and David Krane is working on the music with Stephen Sondheim possibly contributing new songs to the fantasy feature.

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