Christine Baranski to reteam with ‘Chicago’ director on Disney’s ‘Into the Woods’; Emily Blunt in talks to join the cast


“The Good Wife” star Christine Baranski is in talks to join the starry ensemble of Disney’s adaptation of the Broadway musical “Into the Woods,” TheWrap has learned.

Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp have closed deals, while Emily Blunt is in negotiations for the female lead. James Corden has been rumored for the male lead but has not officially been cast.

Rob Marshall, who is renowned for his prowess with musicals, is directing the darkly comic mash-up of classic fairy tales.

Story follows the Baker and his wife (Blunt) as they venture into the woods to confront the witch (Streep) responsible for putting a family curse on the childless couple.

Baranski participated in a reading of the script back in October where she played Cinderella’s mean-spirited and demanding stepmother.

As with Chris Pine and Jake Gyllenhaal, who are circling the princely roles of Cinderella and Rapunzel’s self-absorbed love interests, Baranski has not received an offer yet. However, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap she’s in talks to join the cast, though a scheduling conflict with “The Good Wife” is one obstacle that must be overcome.

Marshall is directing the film from a script by James Lapine, based on his book for the 1986 musical. Stephen Sondheim wrote the Tony-winning original score, and Marshall’s longtime collaborator David Krane is working on musical arrangements for the film. John DeLuca is producing the movie, which is expected to start production in the fall.

Baranski, who hasn’t been seen on the big screen since 2010’s “The Bounty Hunter,” previously worked with Marshall on “Chicago,” the Oscar-winning musical in which she played Mary Sunshine. The Emmy-winning actress also co-starred alongside Streep in the Universal musical “Mamma Mia!” She’s represented by UTA and Viking Entertainment.

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Emily Blunt is finalizing a deal to join Disney’s musical “Into the Woods” that Rob Marshall will direct for the studio.

Chris Pine and Jake Gyllenhaal also are in talks to join the film, which already has lined up Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep.

Film is based on Stephen Sondheim’s 1987 Broadway musical. David Krane (“Chicago,” “Nine”) is the arranger on the film, which will rely on Sondheim’s original music.

Musical revolves around a childless baker and his wife who attempt to lift a family curse by journeying into the woods to confront the witch that put the spell on them. Along the way, they encounter Rapunzel, Cinderella, “Jack and the Beanstalk’s” Jack Little Red Riding Hood and other classic fairy tale characters.

Blunt would play the baker’s wife, the female lead in the film.

There is no production start date yet for the project, but with such a strong cast coming together a greenlight is imminent.

James Lapine penned the script, based on his book for the musical.

John DeLuca, who previously produced Marshall’s “Chicago” and “Nine,” will serve as producer on “Into the Woods.”

Disney declined to comment.

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