Into the Woods: Sneak Peek of Johnny Depp as the Wolf

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Fans of the Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods are anxious for the film to arrive this December. But in the meantime, Entertainment Weekly's annual Holiday Movie Preview is giving audiences a sneak peek with four different colorful covers featuring characters from the film.

Cover 1 of 4 gives us the first glimpse of actor Johnny Depp in the role of The Wolf. Wearing something similar to a zoot suit, Depp stands alongside actress Lilla Crawford who plays Little Red Riding Hood.

Others in the cast include Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady) as the Witch, Mackenzie Mauzy (Broadway cast of Next to Normal) as Rapunzel, Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air) as Cinderella, Chris Pine (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Cinderella's Prince, James Corden (the new host of The Late Late Show on CBS) as the Baker, and Emily Blunt (Edge of Tomorrow) as the Baker's Wife.

"I’ve been offered many witches over the years, starting when I was 40, and I said no to all of them," Streep told Entertainment weekly. "But this was really fun because it played with the notion of what witches mean. They represented age and ugliness and scary powers we don’t understand. So here’s my opportunity to say, here's what you wish for when you're getting old."

Others in the cast include Daniel Huttlestone (Les Miserables) as Jack, Tracey Ullman (The Tracy Ullman Show) as Jack's Mother, Christine Baranski (The Good Wife) as Cinderella's Stepmother, and Frances de la Tour (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) as the Giant.

For those who aren't familiar with the story of Into the Woods, it 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."

The original Broadway production premiered on November 5, 1987 and ran for 764 performances, winning Tony Awards for Best Score, Best Book, and Best Actress in a Musical (Joanna Gleason as the Baker's Wife).

Although the big-screen adaptation will include songs from the musical including "Children Will Listen," "Giants in the Sky," "On the Steps of the Palace," and "Agony," among others, some aspects of the film will be different. While still keeping dark elements, some changes include The Wolf's relationship with Little Red, which will no longer be sexual, Rapunzel not meeting a grisly death, and the Baker's Wife not having an affair with Cinderella's Prince.

"I didn't want this to look like a cartoon world," said director Rob Marshall (Chicago). "It's not sunny, sunny, sunny - we wanted a sense of danger."

Into the Woods hits theaters on December 25 (Christmas Day).

Mike Tuttle
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