See the first trailer for Disney's 'Into the Woods'

Into the Woods marks Disney's first live-action adaptation of a Broadway musical.

Credit: DisneyCredit: DisneyThe first teaser for Disney’s Into the Woods has arrived.

Into the Woods, based on Stephen Sondheim’s beloved Broadway musical, stars Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt, and Chris Pine. The film is directed by Rob Marshall, an Oscar nominee for the film adaptation of Chicago. He previously worked with Depp as the director of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and directed the Academy Award-winning Memoirs of a Geisha

As Disney puts it, “Into the Woods is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them.”

A minor controversy erupted among Broadway purists in June when composer Steven Sondheim revealed that some Disney-mandated changes were made to the book. Most notably, Rapunzel lives.

You will find in the movie that Rapunzel does not get killed, and the prince does not sleep with the baker’s wife,” Sondheim said, according to The New Yorker. “You know, if I were a Disney executive I probably would say the same thing.” 

Given that Disney’s 2010 film Tangled stars the princess of unusual hair length, it would be an awkward encounter for costumed Disney World park characters and their tiny confused fans. 

There was also the issue of the sexual subtext between the Wolf, played by Johnny Depp, and Red Riding Hood, portrayed by a very underage Lilla Crawford. To that question, Sondheim responded, Disney had similar objections.

During the same discussion, the composer erroneously informed his audience that the song “Any Moment,” performed between Cinderella’s Prince (Pine) and the Baker’s Wife (Blunt), was cut from the film. He corrected that statement in an interview with Playbill.com, assuring fans gathering their pitchforks that, in fact, the song was in still in.

Into the Woods will premier in theaters on Christmas Day.


Disney’s Into the Woods Trailer on Disney Video

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