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Long before ABC’s Once Upon a Time and years before Vertigo’s Fables – Broadway composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim along with writer James Lapine had the notion to combine many of the Grimm Brothers’ better known Fairy Tale characters into a single story. The musical made its Broadway debut in 1987, becoming an instant success and winning several Tony awards including Best Score and Best Book.

This year at Disney’s D23 fan expo, the House of Mouse and director Rob Marshall announced they would be releasing the film adaption of the hit musical on December 25th 2014, but until now have remained mostly silent regarding updates or promotion, save for a few bits of casting news such as Anna Kendrick as Cinderella, Chris Pine as Prince Charming, Johnny Depp as The Big Bad Wolf, and Meryl Streep as the Witch, a role originated by Broadway legend Bernadette Peters (check her out in the original performance here).

Now, Disney has released the first still from the film, showcasing Streep as the Witch, and if this image is any indication of the rest of the film, many Into The Woods fans just let out a sigh of relief. The image perfectly captures the character, crucial to the story, which sees several beloved characters (The Baker, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack of Beanstalk fame) set off on separate journeys into the titular woods, each hoping to find their own happy ending.


The screenplay was adapted by Lapine, and Sondheim has stated that he’s written a new song for the film, to be performed by Streep’s Witch.  With the release date fast approaching, expect more stills and an eventual trailer released over the course of the next few months. In the meantime, those curious to know more about the original Broadway production should seek out the filmed version, available for instant streaming on Netflix. As always, we want to hear your thoughts… Are you a fan of the original musical? Will you give the movie a shot? What about non-musical fans — is the cast enough to entice you to check out the film?


  1. ErinP says:

    ITW is my FAVORITE musical of all time, and not just my favorite Sondheim show. I mean, yeah none’s going to EVER play the role better than Bernadette, and no cast will ever live up to the magic of the original. But I will say that as an actor who has never gotten to do this show, I’m thrilled because lots of professional theatres will do some amazing productions.


  3. MimsieSky says:

    I am a MASSIVE fan of the original cast. I was VERY unimpressed by Meryl’s performance in Mama Mia…I’m really skeptical that she can pull this difficult part off well. Sondheim is known for his complicated music and I’m not sure Streep is up to par. I admit, I think the costuming looks great so far…but I’m not holding out too much hope that this will be anywhere near as good as the original.

  4. OhgodOhgodOhgodOhgodOhgodOhgodOhgod! I can’t wait. I had a gushing fangasm when I saw this. LOVE the musical and SEVERAL cast members I would give at least one digit to breathe in the air of their presence. Best. News. Ever. Now if Chris Hardwick could just have a cameo I can die happy.

  5. Leah says:

    So exciting! This is the only musical I’ve actually seen on Broadway and it was AMAZING! I can’t wait 😀