INTO THE WOODS (PG)

WHO’S IN IT?

Meryl Streep (Mamma Mia!), Emily Blunt (The Young Victoria), James Corden (Begin Again), Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect), Chris Pine (Star Trek), Johnny Depp (Sweeney Todd), Lilla Crawford (film debut), Mackenzie Mauzy (Drop Dead Diva), Daniel Huttlestone (Les Miserables), Tracey Ullman (Robin Hood: Men in Tights), Christine Baranski (The Birdcage), Tammy Blanchard (Moneyball), Lucy Punch (Hot Fuzz), Billy Magnussen (Happy Tears), Annette Crosbie (What We Did On Our Holiday), Joanna Riding (Where the Heart Is), Frances de la Tour (The History Boys), Richard Glover (Sightseers), Simon Russell Beale (The Deep Blue Sea)

WHO’S BEHIND THE CAMERA?

Rob Marshall (Chicago), director, producer; James Lapine (Passion), writer; John DeLuca (Nine), Callum McDougall (The Parole Officer) and Marc Platt (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World), producers; Dion Beebe (Edge of Tomorrow), cinematographer; Wyatt Smith (Thor: The Dark World), editor

WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

A Baker (Corden) and his wife (Blunt) learn that they have been cursed by a Witch (Streep) which has caused them to have no children. Determined to set things right, the couple are instructed to head into the woods where they must find certain objects to break the spell. On their travels, they encounter several fairy tale characters including Cinderella (Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Crawford), Rapunzel (Mauzy) and Jack (Huttlestone) who are all seeking fulfilment in their lesser lives…

IN ONE SENTENCE, WHY SHOULD YOU BE EXCITED?

Stephen Sondheim’s classic musical is finally given the big-screen treatment, with an ensemble of strong actors giving their vocal chords a good thrashing in order to deliver the songs as beautifully as they can allow.

WHEN’S IT OUT?

FRIDAY 9TH JANUARY 2015

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