Will Disney’s ‘Into the Woods’ Live Up to the Hype?


The trailer for the highly anticipated Disney flick Into The Woods is finally here, giving fans a closer look at some of the biggest stars in Hollywood as classic fairy tale characters — but with a twist.

The Rob Marshall-directed upcoming film is an adaptation of the famed Stephen Sondheim Broadway stage musical, which takes a darker spin on the fairy tales most of us are familiar with. The story follows a group of fairy tale characters that enter a dangerous forest in the hopes of having their deepest wishes granted to them. The film’s ensemble cast includes some of the most popular actors in the industry today, including Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, James Corden, Emily Blunt, and Johnny Depp, among others.

Earlier this week, the studio released production photos of the cast in character. But the new teaser is the first true glimpse viewers have gotten at them in action. While the clip doesn’t give much away in terms of storyline, it does provide a good, albeit brief look at a wild-eyed Streep as the Witch, Kendrick as a wistful Cinderella, and Pine as her handsome Prince. It also provides sweeping views of their fairy tale world, complete with familiar scenes like a beanstalk and Rapunzel’s tower. However, fans hoping to hear the actors actually singing will be disappointed. The clip features no songs, making it hard to believe the film is actually a musical.

Into the Woods, Johnny Depp

Another major factor missing from the trailer? Johnny Depp’s portrayal of the famed, villainous Big Bad Wolf. The teaser stops short of showing the actor in what is sure to be a full, elaborate costume, instead giving only a short glance at the character’s huge paw and hat before he disappears behind a tree (pictured above.)

Sondheim’s play definitely skews towards a more adult audience (with a particular graphic costume for show’s Big Bad Wolf character), so it seems safe to assume that the film will be cleaned up a little under the Disney banner. Sonheim himself stirred up public controversy by hinting at big changes made in the film in a June interview with The New Yorker. But he later issued a statement of clarification, claiming the quotes were “misreported” and describing the film as “genuinely collaborative and always productive.”

While this new teaser may be too short to tell just how much the Into the Woods film strays from the play, it’s definitely long enough to once again stir up buzz about the movie and amp up excitement among fans about the film’s potential. The movie certainly has no shortage of positive factors going for it. In addition to a talented, A-list cast, it also boasts a script written by James Lapine, who penned the original Broadway play’s musical book — which means any big changes made to the story will have to first go through him.

Still, pulling off a stage-to-screen adaptation is tricky and it remains to be seen whether the movie will be able to do the musical justice and live up to fans’ high expectations.

Into The Woods is due in theaters on Christmas Day.

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