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Emily Blunt Wins Female Lead In Rob Marshall's Sondheim Adaptation 'Into The Woods'

by Oliver Lyttelton
May 16, 2013 6:38 PM
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Emily Blunt

Even if we weren't big Sondheim fans, we're starting to suspect that we'd be getting excited about "Into The Woods" regardless. "Chicago" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" director Rob Marshall's been prepping his film version of Stephen Sondheim's fairy tale deconstruction for over a year now, but has started lining up a cast in recent weeks, and it's looking fairly spectacular.

Meryl Streep was the first on board as the Witch, joined by Johnny Depp as The Wolf, Tony-winning "One Man Two Guvnors" star James Corden in the lead role as The Baker, and most recently, Jake Gyllenhaal and Chris Pine as the two Princes. And now they've got even more company, as Variety reports that Emily Blunt is in talks to stay the female lead in the project, as the Baker's Wife (there's more complexity in the characters than in the name, it should be said). Amy Adams took the part in a recent Public Theater stage production, but it's Blunt that's won it here.

As with many of the actors involved, Blunt hasn't yet sung on screen in a major way, but as you can tell from her karaoke rendition of "Total Eclipse fo the Heart" with Alison Brie below, she's got some pipes on her. Sort of... She's not the only new addition, as The Wrap report that Broadway vet Christine Baranski ("The Good Wife") is also on board, as Cinderella's wicked stepmother. Baranski took part alongside Corden and some others in a reading last summer, so Marshall's clearly had her in mind for a while.

The big question here -- other than Marshall, who's gotten progressively worse with each film -- is how they'll deal with the piece's unique structure, which is essentially two stories in one. Either way, with filming likely to get underway soon, so we'll likely find out sometime around the 2014 awards season.

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  • Mr. Todd | May 19, 2013 10:04 AMReply

    There are a million 14 year old girls on broadway who can sing. But I'm betting they go with one of the kids already on the Disney channel, with a high cuteness score but not so much talent.

  • Gabe Toro | May 16, 2013 9:35 PMReply

    Oli, "we" ain't excited for another Rob Marshall movie. YOU'RE KILLING ME, MAN.

  • Alan B | May 17, 2013 1:03 AM

    Hey, Rob Marshall is a great CHOREOGRAPHER. His CHOREOGRAPHY skills are unimpeachable. He can CHOREOGRAPH a dance number with genuine talent. Man oh man, he is a great CHOREOGRAPHER.

  • kindred spirit | May 16, 2013 9:22 PMReply

    I don't know why, but Blunt reminds me of a try-hard version of Amy Adams.

  • Mr Todd | May 19, 2013 8:45 AM

    Pretty sure Baransky did Sweeney Todd at the Lincoln Center. Mr. Sondheim doesn't let just anyone do his parts, let alone twice.

    Both Princes need borderline operatic voices. Agony isn't my favorite, but it's a tough song to pull off. Hope they know what they're getting into.

    Depp can handle Hello Little Girl. He's not a booming bass baritone, but I still like him in about half of Sweeney. Okay, one-third.

    Streep? That's going to be interesting. And not necessarily in a good way.

  • jmp | May 16, 2013 9:47 PM

    Kindred, I completely agree about Miss Try-Hard Amy Adams, but Emily Blunt is a excellent and versatile . Sadly, all the actors hired to do this musical, do not have theatre vocals .

  • Joao | May 16, 2013 8:15 PMReply

    Actually, she has sung in 'Gideon's Daughter'!

    I just adore her, so this made quite happy!

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