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Nicholas Staniforth

It isn’t Christmas without a little song and dance and this year Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden and Johnny Depp to name a few, will be the ones carrying a tune Into The Woods, which has just released a brand new trailer online.

As is the usual to-do method for all film promotions lately, the preview comes following the new motion posters that appeared yesterday. Those lovely looking one-sheets had a bit of action in them but this time we get to see the characters in all their emotive glory, bursting into song and swinging round trees and such. Gosh, musicals are just swell aren’t they?

Directed by Rob Marshall and spewing from the pages of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales, Into The Woods sees Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), two Prince’s (Chris Pine and Billy Magnussen), Jack (Daniel Huttlestone) from Jack and the Beanstalk and Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford) and the Wolf (Johnny Depp) cross paths with one another in a magical and mysterious wood. The chance encounters all spout from a desperate Baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt) who go to great lengths to cut a deal with a witch (Meryl Streep) who has dropped one of those pesky curses on the happy couple. Understandably, they’re keen to be rid of said curse and live happily ever after - the question is will they? Well, will they?!

Admittedly, the latest footage might not sit well with fans as the original Tony-award winning musical from Stephen Sondheim was apparently very dark and also had a fair bit of raunchiness that would struggle to find a place in a PG-13 ‘family friendly’ film. Be that as it may, what’s on show still looks to have that required dose of Disney magic, even with Johnny Depp in a wolf costume that seems a little last minute.

What do you think though? Are you a fan of the original who feels they’ve taken an axe to the beloved wood? Or are you going in blind and wanting to see how all things pan out for a film that will no doubt give Meryl Streep an Oscar nod because that woman can’t do anything without doing it so superbly? Give your comments, in either song, choreographed dance, or good old-fashioned rants and ravings below.


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