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James Corden Joins THE SAME DEEP WATER AS ME at Donmar Warehouse; Still in Talks for INTO THE WOODS Film?


According to the Daily Mail, James Corden has signed on to appear alongside Daniel Mays in Nick Payne's play The Same Deep Water As Me at the Donmar Warehouse, directed by John Crawley. Corden also recently met with Into the Woods film director Rob Marshall to discuss appearing in the movie adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's musical. If the dates for both projects do not conflict, Corden will take part in the pair.

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As BWW previously reported, INTO THE WOODS is heading to London to begin shooting this September. Meryl Streep is set to play 'The Witch' in the film by Warner Bros/Disney, with Johnny Depp in negotiations to join. According to Variety, Depp will play 'The Baker' - while The Hollywood Reporter claims that he will play "a hungry and sexy variation of the fairy tale wolf character." At the very least, Depp is all but confirmed for the film, Deadline announced.

James Lapine, the original book writer of INTO THE WOODS, is reworking the script for the screenplay, while Sondheim is expected to contribute some new songs.

BroadwayWorld confirmed that the cast of a screenplay reading, which took place in October, included (in alphabetical order): Nina Arianda as The Baker's Wife; Christine Baranski as the Stepmother; Tammy Blanchard as Florinda; Victoria Clark as Cinderella's Mother/Giant; James Corden as the Baker; David Garrison as the Narrator; Ivan Hernandez as the Wolf; Megan Hilty as Lucinda; Cheyenne Jackson as Rapunzel's Prince; Allison Janney as Jack's Mother; Anna Kendrick as Cinderella; Michael McGrath as the Steward/Baker's Father; Donna Murphy as the Witch; Laura Osnes as Rapunzel; Taylor Trensch as Jack; Casey Whyland as Little Red Riding Hood; and Patrick Wilson as Cinderella's Prince.

Into the Woods is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine. It debuted in San Diego at the Old Globe Theatre in 1986, and premiered on Broadway in 1987. Into the Woods won several Tony Awards, including Best Score, Best Book, and Best Actress in a Musical (Joanna Gleason), in a year dominated by The Phantom of the Opera.

Corden starred in One Man, Two Guvnors in the West End and on Broadway. For his performance, he took home the 2012 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play. Other stage credits include The History Boys and Martin Guerre. Screen credits include the BBC sitcom Gavin & Stacey, the TV series Fat Friends, as well as the films Whatever Happened to Harold Smith?, All or Nothing, Heartlands, Cruise of the Gods, Starter for 10, Lesbian Vampire Killers, Telstar, Planet 51, Gulliver's Travels and more.

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