Disney has just released the second trailer for the highly anticipated, Broadway adaptation of Into the Woods. Directed by Rob Marshall (Chicago), Into the Woods brings together some of the most iconic Brothers Grimm fairy tales to life, in musical fashion. This latest trailer gives us a preview of the music, the plot, and more. Check it out after the break.
Expanding on the teaser trailer, we are given more details about the narrative and the characters here. We of course know half of these classic characters’ stories, but the Baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt), along with the Witch (Meryl Streep) are new to this fairy tale land. The trailer hints at how they are all connected and does a good job at keeping most of the narrative a secret. I prefer it that way. I would rather watch it all unfold on the big screen than a trailer telling me the play-by-pay details.
From what we’ve seen from the character and costume design and the set decor, it looks like your typical fairy tale setting – a castle, dark woods, and a cottage. But is there more to this world than that? It would be pretty unimaginative for a musical about fairy tales. Speaking of, Meryl sounds pretty decent, better here than her performance in Mamma Mia. I am looking forward to Into the Woods, and I hope Marshall is able to make these characters his own and stray away enough from the traditional fairy tale story.
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Here’s the official plot synopsis for Into the Woods:
A modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical 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.
Directed by Rob Marshall, Into the Woods stars the ensemble cast of Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Johnny Depp, Tracey Ullman, Christine Baranski, Lilla Crawford, Mackenzie Mauzy, and Daniel Huttlestone.
Into the Woods hits theaters everywhere on Christmas Day, 2014.
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Source: Walt Disney