Into the Woods Movie Reading Cast...

Kad
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Into the Woods Movie Reading Cast...
Posted: 10/2/12 at 12:57am

This has been going around tumblr. I'd say it's almost certainly true, judging by some tweets and things I had heard a week or two ago.

PlayItAgain
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joined:11/8/11
Into the Woods Movie Reading Cast...
Posted: 10/2/12 at 01:01am
no way this can't be real...
ljay889
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joined:8/4/04
Into the Woods Movie Reading Cast...
Posted: 10/2/12 at 01:02am
It's just a reading. The big A list actors aren't going to do a reading. So this cast makes sense.
#sadandtransparent
Jordan Catalano
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joined:10/9/05
Into the Woods Movie Reading Cast...
Posted: 10/2/12 at 01:02am
I held my breath before opening the thread. Not nearly as bad as I had imagined but I gotta say I wasn't a fan of Donna as the Witch. At all.
Kad
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Posted: 10/2/12 at 01:03am
Why not? It's just a first reading to get a feel of the screenplay, and no way indicative of what a final cast could possibility be. I'd imagine a final cast would lose a lot of the Broadway names.

But James Corden and Nina Arianda? Perfect choices.
Kad
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Posted: 10/2/12 at 01:04am
There's no way Donna would be used in the film, imo. But for a hastily rehearsed reading- sure.
ljay889
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Posted: 10/2/12 at 01:05am
Yeah, there is no way Donna will get the film. I really think it should and could be CZJ.
#sadandtransparent
Jordan Catalano
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Posted: 10/2/12 at 01:05am
Does Arianda sing? I've never heard her but I love the idea of her in the role!
Kad
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Posted: 10/2/12 at 01:07am
She got her MFA from NYU, a program that requires singing ability. I'm not sure if she's got like, crazy pipes- but I'm sure she can sing more than adequately.
Jordan Catalano
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Posted: 10/2/12 at 01:08am
I'm still pulling for Sandra Bullock for the actual film.
somethingwicked
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Posted: 10/2/12 at 01:08am
Allison Janney as Jack's Mother is absolutely inspired casting.

As others have said, this was a reading simply to hear the screenplay out loud. They needed mostly theater professionals because they needed people who could learn the material fast. With the exception of the bigger names like Janney and Anna Kendrick, I wouldn't expect any of these actors anywhere near the actual film when and if it gets made.
Tonya Pinkins: Then we had a "Lot's Wife" last June that was my personal favorite. I'm still trying to get them to let me sing it at some performance where we get to sing an excerpt that's gone.
Tony Kushner: You can sing it at my funeral.
Updated On: 10/2/12 at 01:08 AM
Kad
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Posted: 10/2/12 at 01:09am
"I'm still pulling for Sandra Bullock for the actual film."

She would've been a good Cinderella back in the day.
AEA AGMA SM
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Posted: 10/2/12 at 01:09am
I could see that cast if it was being made as a television special event type of thing, but I agree that some of those names will definitely be replaced by bigger names. However, I could easily see some of those names (such as Anna Kendrick, whom I'd never thought about for the movie, but really like the idea of now that it's in my head) appearing in the final cast list.
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Jordan Catalano
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Posted: 10/2/12 at 01:11am
Yeah she would've made a great Cinderella. But I really see her as more of The Baker's Wife in every single way.
ljay889
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Posted: 10/2/12 at 01:11am
I agree about Janney. And I can definitely see her being used in the film.
#sadandtransparent
Kad
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Posted: 10/2/12 at 01:11am
I could see people like Kendrick, Janney, Baranski, and Wilson sticking around. Maybe even James Corden and Nina Arianda, given their burgeoning careers.
Jordan Catalano
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Posted: 10/2/12 at 01:12am
Dolly Parton as the Witch?
Kad
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Posted: 10/2/12 at 01:13am
They can wheel out Cher again.
Jordan Catalano
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Posted: 10/2/12 at 01:14am
I still think Cher could be great.
somethingwicked
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Posted: 10/2/12 at 01:17am
After coming down to the wire and ultimately missing out on the film adaptations of both CHICAGO and SWEENEY TODD, I think it's about time Toni Collette finally gets her due in a big movie musical. If this really gets made, she'd be as sublime a Baker's Wife as they're going to find.
Tonya Pinkins: Then we had a "Lot's Wife" last June that was my personal favorite. I'm still trying to get them to let me sing it at some performance where we get to sing an excerpt that's gone.
Tony Kushner: You can sing it at my funeral.
Updated On: 10/2/12 at 01:17 AM
Brave Sir Robin2
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Into the Woods Movie Reading Cast...
Posted: 10/2/12 at 01:21am
I still think that Lady Gaga could be really fun casting as the Witch, but I know it's not likely.
Jordan Catalano
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Posted: 10/2/12 at 01:22am
Isn't Lady Gaga somewhere around 25 years old?
bobs3
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Posted: 10/2/12 at 01:23am
As much as I love Donna Murphy there is not a chance in hell she will play The Witch in the film.

Disney will insist (and given Rob Marshall's history of casting stars) that a movie star play that role in their $100 million dollar investment.

Meryl Streep, Penelope Cruz or Nicole Kidman.
Jordan Catalano
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Posted: 10/2/12 at 01:24am
Penelope Cruz? LOL.

ljay889
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Into the Woods Movie Reading Cast...
Posted: 10/2/12 at 01:26am
LOL. Imagine?
#sadandtransparent
Jordan Catalano
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Posted: 10/2/12 at 01:27am
I'm picturing the subtitles now.

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