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After all the box office success and awards season glory won by last year's Best Picture nominee "Les Miserables," Hollywood seems ready to get back into musical-making business, and specifically those with origins on Broadway. First there was the buzz about a Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Channing Tatum-led adaptation of "Guys and Dolls" for the big screen and now we have word that two other Hollywood heartthrobs have signed up to sing for us.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chris Pine and Jake Gyllenhaal are in talks to star in the big screen version of the Tony award-winning musical, "Into the Woods." The two actors have yet to officially sign onto the project, which has already landed A-listers Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp in two lead roles, but things seem to be moving forward as both Pine and Gyllenhaal have reportedly already met with and sung for director Rob Marshall ("Chicago").
"Into the Woods" is a darkly comedic twist on several fairy tales mashed into one. The story revolves around a baker and his wife who, after living for years under a family curse attempt to free themselves from it by venturing into the woods to find and confront the witch who put the curse on them. While on their journey they encounter several familiar fairy tale characters like Cinderella, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood.
Streep has been enlisted to play the evil, self-obsessed and charismatic witch and Depp will use his sex appeal in lupine form, as he is set to play a more sensual and attractive version of the big bad wolf. If and when the deals for Pine and Gyllenhaal come through, the two actors will play the musical's two princes, Cinderella's and Rapunzel's respectively, who are self-absorbed, pompous and happen to be brothers.
The Disney-backed production is expected to begin in the fall, with more big names rumored to be circling the film's other plum roles.
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