One Man, Two Guvnors Star James Corden in Talks for Into the Woods Film Adaptation

By Adam Hetrick
03 May 2013

James Corden
James Corden
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Tony and Olivier Award-winning actor James Corden is in talks to appear in the Rob Marshall-directed film adaptation of Into the Woods, according to the Daily Mail.

Details of which role the One Man, Two Guvnors star would play were not reported, but the Daily Mail states that Corden was recently in New York to discuss the film with Marshall. Corden was part of a reading of the screenplay last fall and took on the role of the Baker.

Corden is also set to appear in the Donmar Warehouse production of The Same Deep Water As Me, according to the Daily Mail.

As previously reported, the film adaptation of the dark, Tony Award-winning fairytale musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine will begin filming in London this September.



Marc Platt, Rob Marshall, John DeLuca and Disney produce the film that will be directed by Academy Award-winning "Chicago" director Marshall. 

Marshall confirmed to Playbill.com's Seth Rudetksy that Academy Award winner Meryl Streep will star as the Witch in the film. Read the original report in Rudetsky's April 15 Onstage and Backstage column here.

It has also been reported that "Sweeney Todd" star Johnny Depp is in talks to appear in the film as well. Variety reports that Depp will portray the Baker, while the Hollywood Reporter states that he is in talks to portray the Wolf. 

The creative team is currently seeking actors for the roles of Jack and Little Red.

Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning Into the Woods book writer Lapine authored the screenplay based on his own book for the 1988 musical. During an October reading of the screenplay, Lapine had streamlined the musical into a two-hour treatment for the screen.

Composer-arranger David Krane (Road to Qatar), who penned the arrangements for Marshall's film adaptations of Chicago and Nine, is working on arrangements for the Into the Woods film adaptation. DeLuca also produced Marshall's screen adaptations of "Nine" and "Chicago."

Into the Woods features a Tony-winning score by Sondheim and Tony-winning book by Lapine, who also staged both Broadway productions of the musical. Into the Woods premiered on Broadway in 1987 at the Martin Beck Theatre starring Bernadette Peters, Chip Zien, Joanna Gleason, Kim Crosby and Robert Westenberg. The original cast performance was preserved by PBS' American Playhouse in 1991. A 2002 Broadway revival played the Broadhurst Theatre.