Revealed: Meryl Streep as a witch

05:00 AM, Sep 27, 2013

Meryl Streep ventures "Into the Woods"? as the Witch who wishes to reverse a curse so that her beauty may be restored. Peter Mountain, Disney Enterprises, Inc./


Written By by Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY

Meryl Streep looks wicked as the Witch from Disney’s production of Into the Woods.

Streep’s Witch wishes to reverse a curse so that her beauty may be restored. The musical, which began production this month in England, is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales.

The film version of the Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine theater production will feature Streep, Johnny Depp and Chris Pine and will be directed by Rob Marshall, who helmed the Academy Award-winning Chicago.

The film is slated for a Dec. 25, 2014 release.

Into the Woods features a twist on a number of fairy tales, including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel, in an intertwining tale centered around a baker, his wife and a witch.

Emily Blunt is the baker’s wife, a childless woman who longs to be a mother, and James Corden plays the baker.

Anna Kendrick fills the shoes of Cinderella, who finds herself on a journey of self-discovery. Pine portrays Cinderella’s prince, who is on an endless quest to find his bride.

And Depp is the wolf looking for Little Red Riding Hood, played by Lilla Crawford (Broadway’s Annie) who makes her feature-film debut.