Disney's "Into the Woods" kicked off production last week, featuring an award-winning production team and all-star ensemble cast - including a surprise addition: ANNIE's Lilla Crawford as 'Little Red.' It was previously reported that YouTube star Sophia Grace had landed the role.
The all-star ensemble cast includes: Meryl Streep portrays the Witch who wishes to reverse a curse so that her beauty may be restored; Emily Blunt is the Baker's Wife, a childless woman who longs to be a mother; James Corden plays the role of the Baker, a hard-working man who desperately wants to start a family; Anna Kendrick fills the shoes of Cinderella, who finds herself on a journey of self-discovery; Chris Pine portrays Cinderella's Prince, charming and impossibly handsome, who is on an endless quest to find his bride; Johnny Depp steps in as the Wolf, who sets his sights on Little Red Riding Hood; Lilla Crawford (Broadway's "Annie") makes her feature-film debut as Little Red Riding Hood, a smart and spunky girl who journeys into the woods, finding unexpected adventures along the way; Daniel Huttlestone ("LES MISERABLES") lands the role of Jack, an absentminded and adventurous boy who trades his treasured cow for five magic beans; Tracey Ullman joins the cast as Jack's Mother, a poor and exasperated mom who is overwhelmed, yet fiercely protective of her son; Christine Baranski takes on the infamous Stepmother who wishes for riches and grandeur; she'll do anything to marry off one of her daughters to a prince; Mackenzie Mauzy (Broadway's "Next to Normal") plays Rapunzel, a sheltered young woman who experiences the world beyond her tower for the first time; Billy Magnussen (Broadway's "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike," "Boardwalk Empire") is the dashing and eager Prince who courts Rapunzel.
Oh thank god it's no longer Sophia Grace. Still don't like that it's a young girl because you know Disney won't go for the dark, sexual undertones in Hello Little Girl. Into the Woods should not be a Disney film :(