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Sophia Grace Is Little Red Riding Hood In INTO THE WOODS Movie

According to a new post on Twitter, it appears as though the forthcoming feature film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's celebrated fairy tale-themed musical INTO THE WOODS has found its Little Red Riding Hood - none other than internet sensation Sophia Grace.

Lucas Brownlee, Sophia Grace (Brownlee)'s uncle, writes, "Its official, @PrincessSGB (Sophia Grace brownlee) has landed the part of little red riding hood in the disney movie in to the wood,"

He also writes, "Alongside jonny depp, james corden, chris pine and meryl streep amongst others, out on boxing day 2014,"

Check out Lucas Brownlee's original Tweet here.

UPDATE: A representative for Sophia Grace officially confirms her involvement with the film in the role specified.

Grace shot to superstardom as a guest on popular daytime chat show ELLEN, where she famously reprised performances of hits like Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Want To Have Fun", Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass", Adele's "Rolling In The Deep" and others she found success with on YouTube alongside her cousin, Rosie.

Grace now joins an impossibly impressive array of talent in the film from CHICAGO director Rob Marshall, all officially confirmed in this very column on BroadwayWorld last month - among them, Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp and many more.

Of note, no official confirmation has yet been given as to what actor will essay the role of Jack, though young LES MISERABLES lead Daniel Huttlestone is rumored as the front-runner.

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.

INTO THE WOODS is directed by Rob Marshall from a screenplay by original bookwriter James Lapine and is set to premiere in December 2014.

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."

Check out my entire 2011 InDepth InterView: Stephen Sondheim here.

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 here.

So, what do you think of this real-life fairy tale coming true for Sophia Grace Brownlee - internet sensation to movie musical star all by the ripe age of 10?! Wishes can come true!

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