With the recent release of “Star Trek,” is seems that captain Chris Pine may be shifting gears. Pine and Jake Gyllenhaal are in negotiations to join Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp in Rob Marshall’s adaption of the musical “Into the Woods.”
Pine and Gyllenhaal would play Rapunzel’s prince and Cinderella's prince, a pair of obnoxious, self-absorbed brothers who sing. Pine has sung on screen before when he played a country star in the 2010 film “Small Town Saturday Night.” He sang the film’s unofficial theme song “Someday Came Today.”
“Into the Woods” isn’t the only project in Pine’s future. Pine will make a cameo in “Stretch,” director Joe Carnahan’s indie comedy. He is also playing Jack Ryan in the upcoming film “Jack Ryan” based on the character Tom Clancy.
Streep, who starred in the adaptation of the Broadway musical “Mamma Mia,” has been involved with “Into the Woods” since last October. She will play the witch who places a curse on a baker and his wife. They venture into the woods to confront the witch and have the curse removed. Depp would play the big bad wolf in composer Stephen Sondheim’s dark twist on a mashup of classic fairy tales.
In the woods, the baker and his wife meet several other classic fairy tale characters including Little Red Riding Hood and these roles may attract other celebrities. Production is aiming to begin in the fall.
John Deluca is producing and James Lapine wrote the screenplay based on his book for the 1986 musical. David Krane is working on musical arrangements for the film.
Gyllenhaal stars opposite Hugh Jackman in “Prisoners,” which opens September 20, 2013. He is also producing and starring in “Nightcrawler,” an indie crime drama that aims to start production in the fall.
Gyllenhaal made his off-Broadway debut in If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet. He also starred in City Slickers and October Sky. He rose to fame for his role in Donnie Darko. Gyllenhaal continued his work in film starring in “Source Code,” “Jarhead,” “The Good Girl,” “End of Watch,” and “Brokeback Mountain,” for which he received an Academy Award.
Watch Chris Pine sing “Someday Came Today” in “Small Town Saturday Night” here: