Chris Pine & Jake Gyllenhaal Get Musical in Disney's 'Into the Woods'
How would you like to see Captain Kirk belt out some Broadway tunes on the big screen? While many audiences will see Chris Pine as the infamous Starfleet officer in Star Trek Into Darkness this weekend, THR has word that he's currently in talks to join Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep in Disney's adaptation of the musical Into the Woods. In addition, Jake Gyllenhaal is also in discussions for a role in the film from Chicago and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides director Rob Marshall. Pine and Gyllenhaal would play two sibling princes for Cinderella and Rapunzel, and they are quite pompous and self-absorbed.
Into the Woods follows a childless baker (Depp) and his wife attempt to lift a family curse by journeying into the woods to confront the witch (Streep) who cast the spell keeping them from having children. Along the way, they meet characters like Rapunzel, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and more in the woods. The project is expected to begin shooting this fall, and there's plenty more roles left to be cast with promises of more big names lining up to sing for the film. Disney doesn't do live-action musicals too often anymore, so this should be pretty interesting.
For those wondering if Pine and Gyllenhaal are musically inclined, the answer is yes. Both have even sang in front of Marshall for their respective parts, and an offer is expected to go out. Neither have been seen in a big screen musical, but this won't be the first time Pine has taken on music in a film. The actor played an aspiring country singer in the low profile film Small Town Saturday Night. As for Gyllenhaal, he was circling an adaptation of Damn Yankees with Jim Carrey over four years ago, but there hasn't been any progress on that project. We're looking forward to seeing these two as douchebag princes though.