Meryl Streep also in talks to join adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical as the evil witch.
Musical revolves around a childless baker and his wife who attempt to lift a family curse by journeying into the woods to confront the witch that put the spell on them. Along the way, they encounter Rapunzel, Cinderella, “Jack and the Beanstalk’s” Jack Little Red Riding Hood and other classic fairy tale characters. Depp will play Baker.
This would mark the second Stephen Sondheim production Depp has worked on after having previously starred in “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” which is also the last production Depp lent his vocal skills to, as it is expected that Depp will be singing in the pic.
There is no production start date yet for the film.
David Krane (“Chicago,” “Nine”) will arrange the music for the film, while James Lapine penned the script, based on his book for the musical. The original music is by Sondheim
John DeLuca, who previously produced Marshall’s “Chicago” and “Nine,” will serve as producer on “Into the Woods.”
Disney declined to comment.
If Depp officially boards the film, he would head “Into the Woods” once he finishes production on Alcon’s “Transcendence,” which he is currently shooting, and crime pic “Black Mass” in the fall.
He is repped by UTA and can be seen next in Disney’s “The Lone Ranger,” produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. Film is out July 3.