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Into the Woods Might Have Its Cinderella: Anna Kendrick

We’ve been keeping a close eye on the upcoming fairy tale-themed movie musical Into the Woods ever since its first major casting announcement was that it would feature Meryl Streep as its witch. That’s the sort of thing that grabs your attention, y’know? And now we have another likely addition to the cast in Anna Kendrick.

Per The Hollywood Reporter, Kendrick is in talks to play Cinderella, “a woman trying to find her place in the world” who’s married to a vain prince to be played by Chris Pine. As for the musical as a whole, it’s:

a darkly comic mashup of classic fairy tales that revolves around a childless baker ([James] Corden) and his wife ([Emily] Blunt), who attempt to lift a family curse by journeying into the woods to confront the witch that put the spell on them. Along the way, they encounter a group of characters including Rapunzel, Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood.

Kendrick got to show off her pipes in last fall’s Pitch Perfect, plus she’s been doing Broadway from a young age. She also read for Cinderella in a table read set up by director Rob Marshall (Chicago) last year.

Deadline reports that alongside Kendrick, Pine, Streep, Corden, Blunt, Johnny Depp, Jake Gyllenhaal, Tracy Ullman, and Christine Baranski, there’s one more actor in talks to join the film: Daniel Huttlestone, who played the mini-revolutionary Gavroche in last year’s Les Misérables.

(via: Collider)


  • totz the plaid

    Anna Kendrick = Awesome + Great Singing Voice
    Into the Woods = Awesome

    Anna Kendrick IN Into the Woods? Fuck yeah!

    I hope this gets confirmed!

  • Anonymous

    For any Broadway fans, Anna Kendrick is currently filming the Last Five Years which JUST about made me die/pee my pants. I can’t even take it.

  • Emerald White

    Oh happy day!

  • Anonymous

    Finally some Sondheim-able celebrity joining the project (after The Streep of course). Funny that she seems to be an alto to me and Cinderella is definitely a soprano. Now if they could add Allison Janney (who was also at the table read, with Baranski), to the cast of utterly unimportant characters but real theatre people, that would make me forget about the terrible pseudo-hunk casting. and yes I mean Depp, Gyllenhaal and Pine.

  • Anonymous

    Oh and for anyone who doesn’t think she can handle the singing, there’s a video of her killing it as Elphaba in Wicked’s For Good with The Cheno herself. And when I say “killing it”, I mean she’s probably the best singing Elphaba since Menzel.