Johnny Depp heading Into The Woods?

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Johnny Depp is being lined up for the lead in twisted fairytale musical 'Into The Woods', brought to life on the big screen by Rob Marshall.

Johnny Depp could be heading 'Into The Woods'.

The 'Pirates of the Caribbean' actor is in talks to star in Rob Marshall's film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's fairytale-inspired musical for Disney, Variety reports.

The 49-year-old star looks set to play a childless baker, who travels into the woods with his wife to find the witch who cast the curse on them.

Along the way, the pair cross paths with a host of fairytale favourites including Cinderella, Jack from 'Jack And The Beanstalk' and Little Red Riding Hood.

Award-winning actress Meryl Streep - who showed off her musical credentials in 'Mamma Mia!' - is being lined up for the part of the wicked witch.

Lapine will adapt the script based on his musical book, while 'Chicago's David Krane is due to arrange the music, supervised by producer John DeLuca.

Depp previously worked with director Marshall on 'Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides', and he also has experience of Sondheim's musicals after starring in Tim Burton's big screen adaptation of 'Sweeney Todd'.

Production is expected to start once the actor has finished filming Wally Pfister's 'Transcendence' and Barry Levinson's 'Black Mass'.

Into the Woods

  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 124 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Rob Marshall
  • Cast: Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Tracey Ullman, Christine Baranski, Johnny Depp
  • UK release: 9 January 2015

Disney's long-in-the-making adaptation of Sondheim and Lapine's musical, in which a clutch of fairytale characters help a baker (Corden) and his wife (Blunt) lift a curse which prevents them from having a baby. Despite some great moments, the story drags; if you're a fan it's likely to please, but it won't win anyone else…

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