First Look: Into the Woods
OFF SHE GOES
As Little Red Riding Hood, Lilla Crawford takes on Johnny Depp's Big Bad Wolf. "Everybody worked really well together," says director Rob Marshall. Of course it helps when Meryl Streep and Johnny have already memorized their lines at the first rehearsal. It set the tone."
"Johnny loved the idea of playing the Big Bad Wolf," says Marshall. "He had such fun with it. He becomes the Wolf. His song is THE SONG."
SINGING FOR THEIR SUPPER
"On the first day there was that awful stomach-turning moment when Rob [Marshall] said, 'OK, we’re all going to sing,'" says Emily Blunt, who plays the Baker's Wife opposite onscreen husband James Corden. We all screamed because up until that point we had all been singing in our own private little caves. And now we had to sing in front of each other. Even Meryl was screaming."
CINDERS & ASHES
"Anna Kendrick brings a modern sensibility to Cinderella," says Marshall of the actress's portrayal of the fairy-tale princess. "Because she has theater chops, it was fantastic to be able to have her on this. She really is an amazing singer. I was so thrilled to see the vulnerability and the humor she brought to the role."
STEP & REPEAT
As Cinderella's stepmother and stepsisters, Lucy Punch, Christine Baranski, and Tammy Blanchard provide comedic foils for Kendrick's Cinderella. Tony-winner Baranski really shines as the Stepmother, says Marshall. "She made it her own in such a unique and artistic way. She's sort of gold."
"Chris Pine has a voice like a full-bodied bottle of wine," says Blunt of the actor, who plays Prince Charming in the movie musical. "He sounds like Frank Sinatra. The first time I heard his voice it was like 'wow!' He’s so funny in this role. He’s so full of it and arrogant."
THE WITCH'S CURSE
Corden's Baker tries to break a curse from Streep's Witch by gathering four magical elements she demands – a lock of Rapunzel's hair, milk from a magic cow, Red Riding Hood's cape and one of Cinderella's slippers. "It was so exciting to hear Meryl sing that material," says Marshall. "The match is off the charts."
HAIR'S THE DEAL
Mackenzie Mauzy plays Rapunzel, who's waiting for her prince to arrive (played by Billy Magnussen). "There wasn’t a person in our movie who didn’t sing live," says Marshall of the film's live and pre-recorded performances. "It should all feel live. You should not know the difference."
"They bonded like a real company," recalls Marshall. "I remember we had a dinner early on with everybody and you could just feel it. You’d be filming the Baker and the Baker’s Wife, and everyone else would have the day off and they’d be off doing things together."