Go to the Wood! "Into the Woods" Film, Starring Meryl Streep as the Witch, Opens Nationwide Today

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Meryl Streep casts a spell across the nation Christmas Day, when "Into the Woods," the highly anticipated film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's classic musical, hits movie theatres.

Meryl Streep and MacKenzie Mauzy
Meryl Streep and MacKenzie Mauzy Photo by Disney

Directed by Rob Marshall, the film adaptation features Streep as the Witch with Tony Award winner James Corden as the Baker, Golden Globe winner Emily Blunt as the Baker's Wife and Tony Award nominee Anna Kendrick as Cinderella.

Streep, Blunt, Kendrick and Corden recently spoke with Playbill magazine about their own wishes, collaborating with Stephen Sondheim and finding their own "happy ever after."

Also in the cast are Simon Russell Beale as the Baker's Father, Chris Pine as Cinderella's Prince, Billy Magnussen as Rapunzel's Prince, Christine Baranski as Stepmother, Annette Crosbie as Granny, Joanna Riding as Cinderella's Mother, Richard Glover as The Steward, Frances De La Tour as The Giant, Lucy Punch as Lucinda, Tammy Blanchard as Florinda, MacKenzie Mauzy as Rapunzel, Daniel Huttlestone as Jack, Lilla Crawford as Little Red Riding Hood, Johnny Depp as The Wolf and Tracey Ullman as Jack's Mother.

"Into the Woods," according to press notes, "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 big-screen adaptation welcomes songs from the stage musical, including "Children Will Listen," "Giants in the Sky," "On the Steps of the Palace," "No One Is Alone" and "Agony," among others. The film cuts songs such as "I Guess This Is Goodbye/Maybe They're Magic," "Ever After" and "No More," among others. Click here for the article in which director Marshall explains various changes made to the film adaptation.

The production team includes Dion Beebe as director of photography, Dennis Gassner as production designer and Colleen Atwood as costume designer.

Click here for critics' reviews of the film adaptation.

For more exclusive "Into the Woods" coverage on Playbill.com, including interviews with Kendrick, Blunt, Pine, Corden, Marshall, Streep and more, click here.

Visit Movies.Disney.com/Into-The-Woods.

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