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Captain Kirk and Donnie Darko To Play Singing Princes In Into the Woods?

By Captain Kirk I mean Chris Pine, not William Shatner. Though it’s never too late to cast the Shat, director Rob Marshall

According to The Hollywood Reporter Pine and Jake Gyllenhaal are in discussions to join the Stephen Sondheim musical as Rapunzel and Cinderella’s Princes (though it’s unclear which will be which). “Deal-making hasn’t quite begun,” writes THR, “but the two actors met and even sang for director Rob Marshall for their respective parts and are expected to receive offers to join the star-studded cast.”

Already in that-star studded cast are Meryl Streep as the witch and Johnny Depp, who will apparently play “a hungry and sexy variation of a fairy tale wolf.” A few days ago British actor James Corden (Craig in Doctor Who!) reportedly signed on as the Baker.

If the Pine and Gyllenhaal casting goes through Into the Woods will mark the first singing roles for both of them (ETA: Pine actually sung in 2010′s Small Town Saturday Night, so check that out if you want a window into his vocal chops). Though it won’t be the first time they’ve played Princes, or at least sort-of Princes; Pine played Anne Hathaway‘s love interest in The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, and Gyllenhaal starred in the Prince of Persia movie. I dare you to do better, Into the Woods.

(via: The Hollywood Reporter)

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  • Anonymous

    Chris Pine sung in a movie called “Small Town Saturday Night”. He played an aspiring musician and he was quite good.

  • Madeleine Odowichuk

    I’m excited for a new film version of Into The Woods, but I’d be more optimistic if they cast stronger singers for the roles. This is Sondheim, after all, and even experienced singers find it a challenge.
    That being said, I’m looking forward to seeing Johnny Depp as the Wolf, and maybe Anne Hathaway would make a good Cinderella.

  • Magic Xylophone

    I’d be more optimistic if it was directed by someone other than Rob Marshall.

  • Amy W

    Ooo, I can see that. The Hathaway as Cinderella.

  • Heather Souder

    ^ Correct. The song is available on iTunes, “Someday Came Today”. This will NOT be Pine’s first singing role. A little research would have shown that.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    Thanks for the (polite) heads-up!

  • Rebecca Pahle

    Jeez. I made a mistake. It happens. Tone down the rudeness a bit, OK?

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  • Skullcrusher Maggie

    ITW is my favorite Sondheim show, so I’m very torn about this. On one hand, I love Meryl Streep and will give her the benefit of the doubt in anything (even though Mamma Mia left me wanting). If these two can pull of the singing they will make amazing Princes. I really enjoy James Corden but his voice is an unknown so I’m a little wary. But for me Johnny Depp is all wrong as the Wolf, both his acting and singing styles. Until the rest of the cast is announced, it’s wait and see…

  • Anonymous

    Yikes. That was way harsh Tai.

    In fairness, I’d say Rebecca wasn’t far off the mark. Yes, he sung in a movie but comparing it to singing in a musical (what I think of as a proper “singing role”) is very different.

    [edit- replied to the wrong person. New to the internetz apparently]

  • Taneka S.

    I’m sorry but Meryl Streep is no Bernadette Peters :( However, I feel she would respect the role and perhaps do well. However Johnny Depp as the Wolf, please no.

  • Anonymous

    That project started so well with the actors in the reading (Allison Janney FTW) and then got better with the Meryl news. And then it just got worse and worse.

  • Anonymous

    Sondheim is Sondheim. Being a moderately good shower singer can’t prepare you for the challenge and then you’re left with… Sweeney Terrible. Ugh.

  • Mandy

    On one hand I’m kind of excited for this seemlingly large star studded cast. But on the other hand I’m not sure about casting all these big names and not many people who have experiance with singing/musical theatre. *fingers crossed* this adaption works out better than the Sweeney Todd. That is one of my fav musicals but IMO it did NOT get adapted or cast well.

  • Mandy

    I’m actually kind of excited to see what he does. I thought Chicago was fantasticly adapted to fit the big screen. And visually it was gorgeous (as are most of his films IMO).

  • Magic Xylophone

    Nice production design, sure, but his editing rhythms are choppy, and he struggles to establish a tone.

  • Anonymous

    Let’s face it: NO ONE is a Bernadette Peters except Bernadette herself. ;) That said, I can’t say I’m feeling much confidence about any of the casting I’ve seen so far although I can see Chris Pine as a princely type. I wish they had enough confidence to cast based on skills and suitability rather than names, though. Unless you got people who are proven box office and Broadway talents like NPH and, I dunno, Hugh Jackman.