Anna Kendrick Joins the Fantastical Cast of ‘Into the Woods’

Credit: Elder Ordonez/INFphotoWhether you’re familiar with the source material or not, the film adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods has got to be looking pretty appealing to you — with a cast including Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Jake Gyllenhaal, Emily Blunt, and Chris Pine, you’d have to be rigidly anti-showbiz to reserve disinterest. Joining the lot is yet another promising player, Anna Kendrick, who The Hollywood Reporter reports is in talks to take on the role of Cinderella in the fairy tale sendup.

Kendrick’s vocal talents were showcased quite prominently in the 2012 hit Pitch Perfect, and she has proved herself duly capable of both comedy and drama in films like Up in the Air and 50/50

Cinderella comes into play in the story when a baker and his wife, played by stage actor James Corden and Blunt, venture into the woods (just like the title!) in an effort to lift the powers of a witch’s spell from their family. Their journeys lead them to encounter the likes of Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, and the Big Bad Wolf (to be played by Depp, while the witch will be handled by Streep).

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Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.