into the woods teaser trailerIf there was ever a time that for a lavish, big screen adaptation of James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim's beloved, fairy tale-based musical "Into the Woods," then it'd probably be now. Between the wild success of "Frozen" and "Maleficent" and the continued interest in things like "Once Upon a Time" and the Vertigo comic book series "Fables," this seems like the perfect opportunity to have the stage show spring to life in a really big way. And based on the trailer, it's done just that.

After a brief montage of several characters saying "I wish" (ending on Anna Kendrick's Cinderella saying it), we get brief glimpses of the very starry cast, including Meryl Streep as The Witch, Emily Blunt (we love her) as the Baker's Wife, Chris Pine as Cinderella's Prince, and Johnny Depp's as The Big Bad Wolf. Okay, we don't really see Johnny Depp. But we get a flash of his furry claw. So there's that.

Otherwise the movie, adapted by Lapine and directed by "Chicago" filmmaker Rob Marshall, looks ravishing -- with that cast and that score (not to mention the all-important late-December release date), this thing is probably an Oscar shoo-in regardless. If you were ever a part of the high school drama club, you're probably already very excited.

"Into the Woods" opens on Christmas Day.

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Into the Woods
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