Daniel Huttlestone Is Jack In INTO THE WOODS Movie
LES MISERABLES breakout star and memorable stage/screen performer Daniel Huttlestone joins the impossibly starry cast of the feature film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's INTO THE WOODS in the role of Jack - of beanstalk fame - according to a post on Facebook.
The actor posted two pics to his Facebook page earlier this week confirming his casting in the film, which had previously been heavily rumored but had - and has - not yet been officially confirmed by Disney.
Huttlestone first posted a solo shot with the caption "Rehearsing !!" before posting a picture of himself with actor James Cordon, with the accompanying notation "Chilling with James Corden !! Lol !"
Additionally, last night, internet sensation Sophia Grace was confirmed by a relative on Twitter as being officially cast in the highly anticipated upcoming big screen movie musical, as well, in the role of Little Red Riding Hood, although official confirmation from Disney is still not forthcoming for either actor in their roles at this time.
Nonetheless, Huttlestone and Grace now join an incredibly impressive array of talent in the film from CHICAGO director Rob Marshall, all officially confirmed for their respective roles in this very column on BroadwayWorld last month - among them, Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp and many more.
Leading INTO THE WOODS will be acclaimed stage and screen superstar Meryl Streep as The Witch, James Corden as The Baker, Emily Blunt as The Baker's Wife, Johnny Depp as The Wolf, Anna Kendrick as Cinderella, Chris Pine as Cinderella's Prince, Billy Magnussen as Rapunzel's Prince, Mackenzie Mauzy as Rapunzel, Lucy Punch as Lucinda, Tammy Blanchard as Florinda, Christine Baranski as Cinderella's Stepmother and Tracey Ullman as Jack's Mother, now with Sophia Grace Brownlee as Little Red Riding Hood and Daniel Huttlestone as Jack.
The original 1987 production of INTO THE WOODS starred Bernadette Peters, Joanna Gleason and Chip Zien, winning multiple Tony Awards including Best Score, Best Book and Best Actress In A Musical. More recently, a Tony Award-winning 2002 Best Revival starred Vanessa Williams, Kerry O'Malley and Stephen DeRosa.
Sondheim's score for INTO THE WOODS features such cherished gems as "Children Will Listen", "No One Is Alone" and many more. Sondheim and I discussed the previous attempts at a feature film adaptation of INTO THE WOODS in both of our InDepth InterViews, as well as the themes and specific songs of the musical itself.
A portion of our second InDepth InterView pertaining to INTO THE WOODS follows:
"PC: So many songs in this book seem to deal with the idea of family and parents - "Children Will Listen" from INTO THE WOODS being the foremost example.
SS: That's the whole idea - that's the whole show; fairy tales are about the relationship between parents and children. If you look at all the fairy tales, they are all about that - Cinderella; Jack and the Beanstalk; they are all about it - because that's the way fairy tales were told. You know, they weren't written down - they were told from generation to generation and, usually, matriarchal. So, often, it's from the woman's point of view - because in many of the fairy tales, if not most of them, the fathers are missing and the mothers are left. So, that all has to do with the tradition of fairy tales. The Grimm Brothers just collected a lot of them - as all the other fairy tale collectors did - but, they were all from an oral tradition. So, that's what accounts for the fact that most of them deal with parents and children."
Also, view my 2010 InDepth InterView with Stephen Sondheim in which we discuss additional material written for the oft-proposed film adaptation - specifically the duet "Rainbows" - as well as the impressive original cast for the aborted 1990s film version and much more, available here.
Check out the world premiere exclusive INTO THE WOODS film confirmed casting article, available here.
So, what do you think of this young star of stage and screen making his way from OLIVER! to LES MISERABLES in the West End all the way to Hollywood with the big screen LES MIZ, and, now, Disney's big budget INTO THE WOODS, especially in such a short amount of time? Wow - what a career this kid is going to (continue) to have!
View the photos of Huttlestone and James Corden captured onset earlier this week.
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From This Author Pat Cerasaro