Kendrick (High Society, "Up in the Air," "Pitch Perfect, "Camp"), previously read the role of Cinderella during an October 2012 reading of the film adaptation of Into the Woods. "Chicago" Oscar winner Rob Marshall is directing the film for Disney.
Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning Into the Woods book writer James Lapine authored the screenplay based on his own book for the 1988 musical that has a score by Stephen Sondheim. During an October reading of the screenplay, Lapine had streamlined the musical into a two-hour treatment for the screen.
"Into the Woods" is expected to begin filming in London this September towards a Dec. 25, 2014, in-theatre arrival.
Previous casting reports indicate that Emily Blunt may play the Baker's Wife, with Meryl Streep to play the Witch, "Sweeney Todd" star Johnny Depp to portray the Wolf and Tony Award winner James Corden (One Man, Two Guvnors) likely to portray the Baker.
Jake Gyllenhaal, who starred in the Off-Broadway drama If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet, and Chris Pine, seen on the New York stage in The Atheist, are in talks to play the Princes; while Tony Award winner Christine Baranski (Hurlyburly, The Real Thing, "Mamma Mia!") is also in negotiations for the film – she was part of a reading of the screenplay adaptation of Into the Woods last fall, where she played Cinderella's Stepmother.
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.