Johnny Depp in Talks to Join Disney’s ‘Into the Woods’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Johnny Depp in Talks to Join

Meryl Streep also in talks to join adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical as the evil witch.

Johnny Depp is in talks with Disney to join its bigscreen adaptation of the Broadway musical “Into the Woods.”

Meryl Streep is also in discussions with the Mouse House to join the production to play the evil witch. Rob Marshall (who helmed Disney’s fourth “Pirates of the Caribbean”) will direct the film.

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.

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  1. JDF says:

    He did a wonderful job in the movie.

  2. Jamie says:

    Well I hope they dub Streep’s voice or come to their senses and cast Glenn Close.

  3. cadavra says:

    Given it’s Disney, let’s all pray they don’t give it a happy ending.

  4. Dan Bullock says:

    I remember Tim Burton taking a look at this for quite a long time, although he’s not in favour at the moment, at least he’d bring out the right dark elements to the play.

    Depp is a character actor, but I’m not sure where I see him in this.

    Although, would make sense to bring in Hoult for Jack!

  5. I applaud those people who, in wanting to give credit where credit is due, ranted about the omission of Stephen Sondheim’s name as the composer/lyricist of “Into the Woods.” Unfortunately, however, their feverish attempts to right this wrong have led me to offer the following suggestion: get out of the woods long enough to go to a local junior college and take a remedial course in comprehensive reading. Not only is Sondheim’s name included in bold letters in the title of the article, it’s also mentioned twice in the article itself. Perhaps this goes to show that although “children will listen,” they won’t always pay attention to words on a page.

    • Gene in L.A. says:

      Jeffrey, there are many bloggers who watch the responses and make corrections to their blog as noted in the responses. I assure you, as one of those who “ranted” about the omission, that the three instances you cite are in fact late additions to the blog. Please don’t denigrate the “feverish attempts” until you know whether or not they’ve been successful, which in this case they have been.

  6. The Third Man says:

    Mr. Depp and Ms. Streep are terrific, talented actors and far past the ages required for these roles. The story requires it, particularly for the role of the witch. Unless this will be animated, they should look for younger talent.

  7. X says:

    that may have been the most inaccurate summarization of a plot that i’ve ever read. have you even seen the musical?

  8. Gene in L.A. says:

    The witch is not “evil.”

  9. Kevin Garren says:

    seriously now, what is with Disney’s obsessive fascination with Johnny Depp? the more movies you put him in, the less interest in them I will have, just like Lone Ranger.

  10. In my opinion, Sweeney Todd was an excellent movie. Depp was wonderful in it and played the part with such a wide range of emotions! I personally loved every minute of it and have re-watched it many times. I think maybe its an inquired taste, it definitely wasn’t a movie everyone would like/enjoy but I think most die-hard Depp fans appreciated it. He has such a range of parts he can successful pull off. He’s a man blessed with a lot of talent and seriously good looks. I’m looking forward to seeing all his new movies coming out soon! Excited to see what he will do next.

  11. Stew Park says:

    How did you manage to get through this entire story failing to mention its brilliant creator Steven Sondheim? Good grief!

    • androphiles says:

      Agreed. I have to say I’m afraid of this project. If it’s Disneyfied It will not be Sondheim’s Into The Woods.

    • J. Andrews says:

      At least they didn’t misspell his name, as you have.

    • Kerri Berney says:

      My thoughts exactly. How is Sondheim’s name not mentioned anywhere in the article? Unless for some strange reason, they’re not using his music, in which case it’s really not Broadway’s Into the Woods.

  12. Didn`t Johnny Depp show how awful he was in Sweeney Todd ? Believe me he`s out of his Dep(th). !

    • JDF says:

      No, he showed how amazing he was in Sweeney Todd. And he proved he is just as amazing in Into the Woods.

    • yousef says:

      How the hell was he awful in ST and he have been nominated for the oscar and he have won the golden globe for it? He was AMazing in ST

      • Jay D says:

        I agree. Not horrible in ST. Thought he was great, as did Sondheim. There are too many music snobs that whine and moan when actors aren’t “trained” singers. Which I think is hilarious considering Sondheim’s philosophy when it comes to his own shows:

        “I prefer actors who sing over singers who act. That doesn’t always do the music good, but it does keep the story going and that’s what’s is important.” -Stephen Sondheim

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