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Singing. It’s one of the reasons – if not the main reason – that audience members are interested in Rob Marshall’s Into the Woods. So when the initial push of marketing materials lacked flat-out musical numbers, there was a fair amount of hand-wringing. The latest trailer, posted above, should make everyone feel better. Unless that sight of Johnny Depp as The Wolf still makes you concerned. That, I can understand.
Full disclosure: I’m unfamiliar with Into the Woods, a film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning stage musical that focuses on the dark side of some traditional Grimm fairy tales. What I DO know about the film is that Disney is placing several "chips" down on Oscar’s table in hopes of scoring with some awards gold, and the new trailer does a lot to move that needle forward. For starters, it centers on the high-profile cast on display in Woods from Meryl Streep’s witch to Johnny Depp’s Wolf. And it begins to explain how they all tie together – with a frame story about a baker (James Corden), his wife (Emily Blunt), and the wish they hope the witch will reverse.
As you can tell from the trailer, the fairy tales in the crosshairs include Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel, Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood – though I’m sure you will be able to pick out clever references to other bedtime stories sprinkled through the script.
On stage, Into the Woods looked like this:
Now Disney’s hoping that Rob Marshall can strike Oscar gold from the Tony production. And with good reason. The director helmed the high-energy film adaptation of Chicago in 2002, earning a Best Director nomination and powering the film to a Best Picture prize. But he whiffed on follow up productions like Memoirs of a Geisha and Nine (also a musical adaptation), so a "win" is not guaranteed.
I’m willing to put my faith in that cast. In addition to Streep and Depp, Into the Woods makes room for Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Christine Baranski, Lucy Punch and Tracey Ullman. There’s a lot of talent on display both in front of and behind this camera, with the music and lyrics of Stephen Sondheim giving Woods a great foundation. The movie will be in theaters on Christmas Day. Are you intrigued by this full trailer? Will you go into the woods?