Today EW has released more photos of the upcoming Disney musical extravaganza that is Into the Woods, which we’ve chatted about earlier this year. Last time I was in the theater, I saw the teaser for this film and was – if possible – even MORE excited for the holiday 2014 release. From what I gather it’s a kind of “mash up” of multiple fairytales including Cinderella, Rapunzel and Little Red Riding Hood, that somehow all connects back to a an evil witch (played by Meryl Streep) who is in the wish granting business, but as all fairytale wishes do, these come with strings attached. Here’s a brief synopsis:
Into the Woods is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales in a musical format that follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel-all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them.Film Teaser: Into the Woods Photos #FWarchives Click To Tweet
The movie is rated PG and arrives in theaters Christmas Day.
Have a look at the pretties!
INTO THE WOODS PHOTOS
Cinderella’s Stepmother (Christine Baranski, center) with evil stepsisters Lucinda (Lucy Punch) and Florinda (Tammy Blanchard)
Rapunzel (Mackenzie Mauzy)
Rapunzel’s Prince (Billy Magnussen)
The Wolf (Johnny Depp) and Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford)
The Baker (James Corden) and Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford)
Concept art of The Woods
Production employed a tree scout but had a ringer in production designer Dennis Gassner, a former lumberjack. ”I would walk through Central Park and photograph trees, and it was really about informing ourselves visually because, tree by tree, each one has character and individuality,” says Gassner. ”Sondheim is a puzzlemaker, and so you’re going to be putting a puzzle together as intricate as the story and characters and songs, and that goes through with the design in every way.”
Image Credit: Dennis Gassner/ © 2014 Disney Enterprises
Cinderella (Anna Kendrick) and The Baker’s Wife (Emily Blunt)
Cinderella’s Prince (Chris Pine)
Designer Colleen Atwood’s sketch of Cinderella’s Prince
Atwood pulled from various time periods—”days of olde, with an e,” she says—for all the costumes, but kept certain outfits in their familiar place, including the high romance look of Rapunzel and the Princes. Image Credit: Costume Design by Colleen Atwood/© 2014 Disney
Cinderella (Anna Kendrick)
The Baker (James Corden), The Baker’s Wife (Emily Blunt), and The Witch (Meryl Streep)
The Baker (James Corden), The Baker’s Wife (Emily Blunt), and Jack (Daniel Huttlestone)
Designer Colleen Atwood’s sketch of The Witch
Streep, along with her frequent design partner J. Roy Helland and Atwood, worked out every detail of the Witch’s post-transformed look. ”I wanted there to be a big difference between the short, hunched witch and the tall and beautiful one,” says Streep, who sported four-inch heels. ”The movement, we talked about a lot. I’m an old theater horse and have kicked a lot of trains around in my life.” Image Credit: Costume Design by Colleen Atwood/© 2014 Disney
What do you think, guys? I’m pretty darn excited and am even more so now I’ve learned Colleen Atwood is the costume designer – she is a great visionary for period films and it’ll be fun to see her creations come alive in full HD glory.