Industry audiences were invited to catch early screenings of "Into the Woods" over the Nov. 21-23 weekend, with Disney distributing paperwork asking attendees and potential Academy Award voters to consider the film in various categories.
Blunt and James Cordon, as the Baker's Wife and the Baker, respectively, are being promoted in the Best Actress/Actor categories, while Chris Pine will be the sole prince competing for any nomination alongside Johnny Depp as the Wolf in the Supporting Actor category. Pine's fellow Prince Billy Magnussen is not in consideration, according to the paperwork.
Streep and Kendrick may compete alongside one another in the Supporting Actress slot.
The film is also in consideration for Best Cinematography, Best Lighting, Best Costumes, Best Production Design, Best Make-Up and Hairstyling, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing and Best Visual Effects. *
Directed by Rob Marshall, the cast includes 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, Tracey Ullman as Jack's Mother, James Corden as The Baker, Emily Blunt as The Baker's Wife, Meryl Streep as The Witch and Anna Kendrick as Cinderella.
Click here for the article in which director Marshall explains various changes made to the film adaptation.
"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 production team includes Dion Beebe as director of photography, Dennis Gassner as production designer and Colleen Atwood as costume designer.
Click here to view the new production stills from the movie.
Watch the trailer below: