After working on Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides together, director Rob Marshall and box office juggernaut Johnny Depp were eager to reteam. And while plans for The Thin Man seem to have cooled, they will reunite on Marshall's adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods. The movie musical that puts a twisted spin on famous fairy tales has already signed Meryl Streep to play its evil witch, and Depp to play its big bad wolf. And it looks like they could soon be joined by two of Hollywood's hottest leading men.
Deadline reports Star Trek Into Darkness' Chris Pine and Jake Gyllenhaal are in negotiations to come into this already impressive ensemble. However, it's unclear if either can sing or even what roles they may be up for. But let's consider.
Back when Streep was in talks to star, Marshall held a run through of James Lapine's adapted screenplay with a bunch of Broadway elite, including Nina Arianda as The Baker's Wife, Christine Baranski as the Stepmother, Smash's Megan Hilty as Lucinda, Cheyenne Jackson as Rapunzel's Prince, Allison Janney as Jack's Mother, Anna Kendrick as Cinderella, Laura Osnes as Rapunzel, Taylor Trensch as Jack, Patrick Wilson as Cinderella's Prince, and James Corden as the Baker, a part he has since signed on to reprise.
Looking at this lineup, we can get a sense of the typecasting Marshall has in mind for certain roles. Considering Trensch is just 24 years old, I'm assuming Pine and Gyllenhaal would be too old to play Jack. So, that leaves the parts of Rapunzel's and Cinderella's princes, who are brothers, for Pine and Gyllenhaal, potentially leaving Jackson and Wilson out.
Update: THR's sources say they're up for the prince roles.
Get a taste Pine and Gyllenhaal singing below. Up top is one of songs they could be asked to sing together. Can they handle this?