Into The Woods is one of our early picks for next year’s Oscar race. Yes, we based this solely on Meryl Streep‘s witchy hair, Rob Marshall‘s first film, and the fact that Stephen Sondheim‘s musical is humorous, haunting, and increasingly affecting with each viewing.
Despite being a story focused around beloved fairy tale characters, it is not necessarily a show for kids. On the heels of the first official photos hitting the Internet this week, an early trailer was released today. And while there’s no singing to be heard — even though this is a musical— there’s plenty of quick judgments to make around its stars. Chris Pine knows how to fill out a prince’s suit, Emily Blunt‘s Baker’s Wife shares the same frazzled look as Runway senior assistant Emily, and Meryl’s fierceness shines through despite the warts, wrinkles, and an overwhelming amount of grey hair. Please oh please let this be good. But what about Johnny Depp? You know, the major movie star who previously starred in a movie musical adaptation that was pretty good compared to some of the sludge that came before it? Here, all we get are elongated wolf fingers and the tip of a grey fedora — which, really? Is Disney afraid the modern interpretation of the Big Bad Wolf might scare children who probably shouldn’t see the movie anyway? (Repeat: This is not a children’s movie.) Is Depp still haunted by the ghost of Tonto?
There will likely be more trailers to come as fall approaches. Maybe Disney is holding their secret weapon close to the vest, or maybe they don’t want websites to rant about how insane a grown man in a wolf’s costume looks nearly five months before opening day?
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