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Jake Gyllenhaal and Chris Pine in Talks to Star in 'Into the Woods'

Jake Gyllenhaal and Chris Pine are in negotiations to join Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep in the big screen adaptation of the Broadway musical Into the Woods, according to the Hollywood Reporter:

Bearded_gyllenhaalDeal-making hasn’t quite begun 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. If deals close, Gyllenhaal and Pine would play their first on-screen singing roles.

Streep will play the plum role of the vain and charismatic Witch while Depp will play a hungry and sexy variation of a fairy tale wolf. Sources say that Gyllenhaal and Pine would play the musical’s two princes, Cinderella’s Prince and Rapunzel’s Prince, brothers who are pompous and self-absorbed.

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  1. Ugh, NO. Do they learn nothing from past musical-to-film failures? Casting should be excellent musical theater performers, not random celebrities!

    News says they learned this lesson in casting the Baker, but these two make no sense as the Princes, and likely cannot sing Sondheim's music.

    Posted by: Mike8787 | May 15, 2013 1:18:37 PM


  2. Chris Pine is HOT!

    Posted by: aneas taint | May 15, 2013 1:21:06 PM


  3. So long as they don't cast Helena Bonham Carter, I'll be happy.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | May 15, 2013 1:30:45 PM


  4. AGONY!!
    Can't wait.

    Posted by: Charles | May 15, 2013 1:31:14 PM


  5. Umm, NO. NO. NO.

    At least it's not Tim Burton, I guess.

    Posted by: Jerry | May 15, 2013 1:37:49 PM


  6. Mike8787, I searched for info on the casting of The Baker, and found that it is James Corden. I'd never heard of him, but his NSFW sketch comedy is pretty funny: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3gzLAo3jRA

    and

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5Bhd8DtVpw

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | May 15, 2013 1:41:44 PM


  7. Pine's first singing role on screen was in "Small Town Saturday Night", and the song he sang is available on iTunes.

    That said, not really enthused. I'm completely over Depp in these roles. Streep is good, but she can't sing.

    Why is Hollywood so obsessed with making musicals with people who aren't prominent stage singers? Is there no working talent that can actually sing and dance and act?

    Posted by: luminum | May 15, 2013 1:44:45 PM


  8. @mike8787: good musical theater actors are not necessarily good screen actors (the opposite is true too). You need different training and/or skills for them. What they need is good screen actors who are also trained singers (or, at least, that can sing well) that must be possible to find, I guess :)) But why judge negatively before having heard them?

    Posted by: Kylian | May 15, 2013 1:45:05 PM


  9. @mike8787: good musical theater actors are not necessarily good screen actors (the opposite is true too). You need different training and/or skills for them. What they need is good screen actors who are also trained singers (or, at least, that can sing well) that must be possible to find, I guess :)) But why judge negatively before having heard them?

    Posted by: Kylian | May 15, 2013 1:45:05 PM


  10. This movie has disaster written all over it.

    Ugh.

    The first mistake they made was giving it to Rob Marshall to direct.

    Posted by: Ale-Alejandro | May 15, 2013 1:47:02 PM


  11. James Corden is a true phenom. He was terrific in "The History Boys" and won a Tony last year.

    Sondheim's going to be writing some new songs for the movie. I'm greatly looking forward to it.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | May 15, 2013 1:58:17 PM


  12. I hope the cast can act AND sing.

    Posted by: Matt26 | May 15, 2013 2:02:46 PM


  13. looking forward to it, but i'm still concerned about Streep playing the Witch.

    i love me some Streep, and she was one of the three good things about Mamma Mia (despite, uh, being two decades too old for the part) and that's the same issue here: she's simply too old for the role, as originally written and conceived.

    suddenly i'm having terrifying visions of the vaseline-filter on Lucille Ball in MAME.....

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | May 15, 2013 2:05:14 PM


  14. "...pompous and self-absorbed." sounds about right.

    Posted by: J. Leo | May 15, 2013 2:08:02 PM


  15. aneas, you don't think you could be any more shallow or do you?

    Posted by: Joseph Singer | May 15, 2013 2:43:05 PM


  16. Sounds like a gay christmas party. I'm in!

    Posted by: kookie | May 15, 2013 3:04:25 PM


  17. I absolutely adore this little known musical. It was filmed as a PBS special, back when they used to do that, Pippin was another I saw on PBS. Since so many of the stars we see in Hollywood films got their starts in High school drama clubs, and live theatre, we shouldn't be surprised if they can sing and dance. Witness Hugh Jackman's extraordinary Curly in Oklahoma.

    Posted by: Bob Kegeles | May 15, 2013 3:25:41 PM


  18. Yet another badly cast movie version of a popular American Musical Theatre! You can never train old dogs new tricks... Wake up Hollywood-- there are PLENTY of qualify artists for these roles...

    Posted by: Alan | May 15, 2013 3:51:33 PM


  19. The world needs another Johnny Depp musical like it needs a syphilis pandemic.

    Posted by: jomicur | May 15, 2013 4:54:48 PM


  20. Are Jake and Chris going to play the Prince? Or Jake going to play the Big Bad Wolf- he is already hairy enough.... (they are both pretty but can they sing?!)

    Posted by: jaragon | May 15, 2013 5:13:18 PM


  21. I'm not oppose to two Hollywood hunks making a porn .

    Posted by: bambinoitaliano | May 15, 2013 7:07:04 PM


  22. I have the pleasure of seeing Chris Pine in two plays (Farragut North and The Lieutenant of Inishmore). He was excellent in both roles. Granted, there was no singing in either play. But, he clearly understands theatrical acting. That's a important factor when dealing with source material that was written by Mr. Sondheim.

    Posted by: alex | May 15, 2013 7:47:11 PM


  23. Don't worry fellow gays, autotune can fix everything.

    Posted by: BrainVacation | May 15, 2013 10:35:22 PM


  24. Enough with Streep! There are oodles of under-used actresses over 50 who can sing and deserve a shot! Just for starters: Midler, Close, Newton-John. Was Bernadette Peters too busy?!

    Posted by: Josh M. | May 15, 2013 11:50:28 PM


  25. The Princes really only have 1 1/2 songs--"Agony" and then the reprise of it. Oh, wait, I'm wrong, Cinderella's Prince also has the song "Moments In The Woods" with the Baker's Wife. ("I was raised to be charming, not sincere.") Whichever of them has the stronger voice should tackle that role. Any word on who's playing the Baker's Wife?

    Posted by: Dback | May 16, 2013 1:32:03 AM


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