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DISNEY’S INTO THE WOODS

With big name veterans like Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady) and Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean) in the picture, accompanied by their younger but no less solid hollywood counterparts Emily Blunt (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen), Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air, Pitch Perfect) and Chris Pine (Star Trek), it looks like Disney has only one plan for its upcoming film Into The Woods  – A BIG FAIRY TALE OF A HIT – and i’m sure hoping it will be after viewing its visually wonderful tease of a trailer.

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From the director of Chicago and the producer of Wicked comes a fairy tale fantasy film based on the tony award winning broadway musical Into The Woods. The film’s plot is a scrumptious mash of various Brother Grimm fairy tales intertwined into a modern retelling of the beloved stories most of us grew up listening to. Taking characters from classic favourites like Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel, the film follows the story of a Baker and his wife (Emily Blunt) who have been cursed childless by a witch (Meryl Streep), and together they must embark on a fantastical journey into the woods to find a solution to break the curse.

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(Photo: Into The Woods Facebook)

Besides enticing with its somewhat dark yet alluring visuals of the mysterious woods, the movie’s trailer clearly banks heavily on its star studded cast, casting the spotlight on each of its main actors and offering audiences a glimpse into each prominent character in the story. Anna Kendrick plays Cinderella and Chris Pine her Prince, while the Big Bad Wolf is of course played by none other than the ever eccentric Johnny Depp! If you are not yet drooling after the introduction of such a star studded cast, I don’t know what will!

If you don’t already know, Into The Woods is going to be a musical adaptation of the broadway hit, and I am excited to see what Anna Kendrick can bring to the floor given how she blew me away in Pitch Perfect. With regards to Meryl Streep’s last role in the singing department (Mamma Mia), I remember reactions weren’t that thrilled although I personally thought she didn’t do a bad a job (the same can’t be said for her co-actor in the show Pierce Brosnan). Given the versatility of her acting prowess and the fun angles she has to play around with her devious character, I wouldn’t worry about the singing at all. But for those who’d like a reminder of her musical abilities, I’ve added a Mamma Mia clip of her singing in the film at the end of this post.

Coming to theatres this Christmas season, fans can look forward to seeing their favourite fairy tale fantasies come to life on the big screen on Christmas Day 2014. Into The Woods has a release date scheduled for 25 December so mark your calendars everyone, I know I will;)

 

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Meryl Streep – Mamma Mia 

 

My First Encounter with Into The Woods

I first watched a performance of Into The Woods in Singapore, it was a local stage production. I fell in love with the story partly because it was done in a fun witty satire version, but alas it was also a performance I’d never forget for a sad reason. Into The Woods was the swan song of one of my fave performers in the local arts and theatre scene – Emma Yong. She was 1/3 of the famous local trio The Dim Sum Dollies and she passed away at the tender age of 36. Local theatre will never be the same again without her, at least for me:( Thank you Emma for all the joy you brought me through your entertaining performances.

Behind the Scenes of Dream Academy’s Into The Woods

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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