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** In earlier drafts, the essential Narrator character from the original stage musical was still part of the story. Before the role was written out of the script, many actors were either considered, in talks, or asked to play the role including
Creator/MichaelCaine, Creator/JohnCleese, Creator/MichaelGambon, Creator/JeremyIrons, Creator/JamesEarlJones, Creator/ChristopherPlummer, Creator/AlanRickman and Creator/GeoffreyRush. There were even rumors about giving this role to a female, such as Creator/JulieAndrews or Creator/AngelaLansbury.

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** In earlier drafts, the essential Narrator character from the original stage musical was still part of the story. Before the role was written out of the script, many actors were either considered, in talks, or asked to play the role including
including Creator/MichaelCaine, Creator/JohnCleese, Creator/MichaelGambon, Creator/JeremyIrons, Creator/JamesEarlJones, Creator/ChristopherPlummer, Creator/AlanRickman and Creator/GeoffreyRush. There were even rumors about giving this role to a female, such as Creator/JulieAndrews or Creator/AngelaLansbury.


* ActorAllusion: Donna Murphy played the Witch in the Central Park production two years after voicing Mother Gothel, a similar character, in Disney's ''{{Disney/Tangled}}''.



* ActorAllusion:
** Creator/ChrisPine [[Film/ThePrincessDiaries has played a prince before]]. He's also putting a whole lot of Creator/WilliamShatner into his performance... which makes sense since he's Kirk in the 2009 ''[[Film/StarTrek2009 Star Trek]]'' reboot.
** Creator/LucyPunch is once again [[Film/EllaEnchanted one of Cinderella's stepsisters]]. As well as two obscure British films, this is the ''fourth'' time she has played an incarnation of Cinderella's stepsister.
** It's [[Literature/TheDevilWearsPrada not the first time]] Creator/MerylStreep's character has a hand in screwing Creator/EmilyBlunt's character over, either.
*** Funnily enough, all three films starred Creator/AnneHathaway.
** Frances de la Tour plays a giantess after having played [[Film/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire a half-one]].
** Only twice in her career, Creator/MerylStreep has played [[Film/DeathBecomesHer a character looking to regain her youth and beauty]].



* TheOtherMarty: Website/YouTube star Sophie Grace Brownlee of Sophie Grace and Rosie was originally cast as Red Riding Hood, but was replaced with Lilla Crawford when it was decided Brownlee was too young.



** [=YouTube=] star Sophie Grace Brownlee of Sophie Grace and Rosie was originally cast as Red Riding Hood, but was replaced with Lilla Crawford when it was decided Brownlee was too young.
** Director Rob Marshall had considered Creator/CatherineZetaJones, Creator/PenelopeCruz, Creator/NicoleKidman (whom he had previously worked with), Creator/MichellePfeiffer, Donna Murphy, Creator/IdinaMenzel, Miranda Richardson (the last four whom [[{{Film/Stardust}} have]] [[{{Disney/Tangled}} portrayed]] [[{{Theatre/Wicked}} witches]] [[{{Series/Merlin1998}} before]]), and Creator/KateWinslet for the Witch before settling on Creator/MerylStreep.

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** [=YouTube=] star Sophie Grace Brownlee of Sophie Grace and Rosie was originally cast as Red Riding Hood, but was replaced with Lilla Crawford when it was decided Brownlee was too young.
** Director Rob Marshall had considered Creator/CatherineZetaJones, Creator/PenelopeCruz, Creator/NicoleKidman (whom he had previously worked with), Creator/MichellePfeiffer, Donna Murphy, Creator/DonnaMurphy, Creator/IdinaMenzel, Miranda Richardson Creator/MirandaRichardson (the last four whom [[{{Film/Stardust}} have]] [[{{Disney/Tangled}} portrayed]] [[{{Theatre/Wicked}} witches]] [[{{Series/Merlin1998}} before]]), Creator/SissySpacek and Creator/KateWinslet for the Witch before settling on Creator/MerylStreep.



** Ironically, it wasn't even ''originally'' intended to be a Disney movie. The film was once planned in 1994 with a table reading at Penny Marshall's house from the likes of Creator/RobinWilliams, Creator/GoldieHawn and Music/{{Cher}}. Subsequently, it was in development at Creator/ColumbiaPictures and had [[Disney/TheLionKing Rob]] [[Film/StuartLittle Mink]][[WesternAnimation/MrPeabodyAndSherman off]] attached as director and Billy Crystal, Creator/MegRyan and Creator/SusanSarandon in talks to star.
** Creator/JimCarrey, Creator/JohnnyDepp, and Creator/NeilPatrickHarris were all considered for the Baker.

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** Ironically, it wasn't even ''originally'' intended to be a Disney movie. The film was once planned in 1994 with a table reading at Penny Marshall's house from the likes of Creator/RobinWilliams, Creator/GoldieHawn and Music/{{Cher}}. Subsequently, it was in development at Creator/ColumbiaPictures and had [[Disney/TheLionKing Rob]] [[Film/StuartLittle Mink]][[WesternAnimation/MrPeabodyAndSherman off]] attached as director and Billy Crystal, Creator/BillyCrystal, Creator/MegRyan and Creator/SusanSarandon in talks to star.
** Creator/MatthewBroderick, Creator/JimCarrey, Creator/JohnnyDepp, Creator/ColinFirth, Creator/NeilPatrickHarris, Creator/DenisOHare and Creator/NeilPatrickHarris Creator/JohnCReilly were all considered for the Baker.Baker.
** Creator/AlanCumming was considered to play The Wolf.
** Creator/TinaFey auditioned for the role of the Baker's Wife.
** Creator/KathyBates and Creator/AllisonJane were talks to play Jack's Mother.
** In earlier drafts, the essential Narrator character from the original stage musical was still part of the story. Before the role was written out of the script, many actors were either considered, in talks, or asked to play the role including
Creator/MichaelCaine, Creator/JohnCleese, Creator/MichaelGambon, Creator/JeremyIrons, Creator/JamesEarlJones, Creator/ChristopherPlummer, Creator/AlanRickman and Creator/GeoffreyRush. There were even rumors about giving this role to a female, such as Creator/JulieAndrews or Creator/AngelaLansbury.

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* CompletelyDifferentTitle: "The Fairytale Woods/Forest" in Vietnamese, to the chagrin of parents expecting typical Disney fare.


** Creator/ChrisPine [[Film/ThePrincessDiaries has played a prince before]]. He's also putting a whole lot of Creator/WilliamShatner into his performance... which makes sense since he's Kirk in the ''Film/StarTrek'' reboot.

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** Creator/ChrisPine [[Film/ThePrincessDiaries has played a prince before]]. He's also putting a whole lot of Creator/WilliamShatner into his performance... which makes sense since he's Kirk in the ''Film/StarTrek'' 2009 ''[[Film/StarTrek2009 Star Trek]]'' reboot.



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* CutSong: "Giants in the Sky", "On the Steps of the Palace", and "Last Midnight" were all replacements for less appropriate songs written earlier. There was also a song called "The Plan" that was cut. However, the initial versions of those songs are included on the original soundtrack; the prototype of "Giants In The Sky" is notable for being so fast-paced that it's nearly unsingable.


** Streep herself had consistently refused to portray witches in film for a long time, but made an exception for this film because she wanted to be in a Creator/StephenSondheim musical.

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** Streep herself had consistently refused to portray witches in film for a long time, but made an exception for this film because she wanted to be in a Creator/StephenSondheim Music/StephenSondheim musical.


* ActorInspiredElement: When Creator/JohnnyDepp was cast as the BigBadWolf, he suggested that the character be designed like the wolf in Tex Avery's "Red Hot Riding Hood".

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* ActorInspiredElement: When Creator/JohnnyDepp was cast as the BigBadWolf, he suggested that the character be designed like the wolf in Tex Avery's "Red Hot Riding Hood".Creator/TexAvery's ''WesternAnimation/RedHotRidingHood''.


** Only twice in her career, Meryl Streep has played [[Film/DeathBecomesHer a character looking to regain her youth and beauty]].

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** Only twice in her career, Meryl Streep Creator/MerylStreep has played [[Film/DeathBecomesHer a character looking to regain her youth and beauty]].



* TheCastShowOff: Meryl Streep sang all her songs live on set, despite having also pre-recorded them.

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* TheCastShowOff: Meryl Streep Creator/MerylStreep sang all her songs live on set, despite having also pre-recorded them.



* FatalMethodActing: A near-miss. Creator/MerylStreep tripped on her dress while filming the Witch's rap, and fell headfirst towards the concrete floor. James Corden recalls being frozen alongside Rob Marshall, convinced that they were about to see the death of Meryl Streep. Creator/EmilyBlunt--[[PregnantBadass who was five months pregnant at the time, mind you]]--swooped in and caught her.

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* FatalMethodActing: A near-miss. Creator/MerylStreep tripped on her dress while filming the Witch's rap, and fell headfirst towards the concrete floor. James Corden recalls being frozen alongside Rob Marshall, convinced that they were about to see the death of Meryl Streep.Creator/MerylStreep. Creator/EmilyBlunt--[[PregnantBadass who was five months pregnant at the time, mind you]]--swooped in and caught her.


* AllStarCast: The film features Creator/MerylStreep, Creator/JohnnyDepp, Creator/AnnaKendrick, Creator/EmilyBlunt, Creator/ChrisPine, and much more, along with Broadway players Creator/ChristinaBaranski, Mackenzie Mauzy, Lilla Crawford, and Billy Magnusson. Talk show host Creator/EllenDegeneres pokes fun at the film's star studded cast by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzIlBnQARIU creating her own trailer for the film]], which lists a comical assortment of celebrities as members of the cast.

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* AllStarCast: The film features Creator/MerylStreep, Creator/JohnnyDepp, Creator/AnnaKendrick, Creator/EmilyBlunt, Creator/ChrisPine, and much more, along with Broadway players Creator/ChristinaBaranski, Creator/ChristineBaranski, Mackenzie Mauzy, Lilla Crawford, and Billy Magnusson. Talk show host Creator/EllenDegeneres pokes fun at the film's star studded cast by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzIlBnQARIU creating her own trailer for the film]], which lists a comical assortment of celebrities as members of the cast.


** In the Central Park production, the Narrator was changed to a young boy so instead the Mysterious Man doubled as Cinderella's Father (played by Chip Zien, the original Baker, in a nice RemakeCameo). And they got Glenn Close to lend her (prerecorded) voice as the Giantess.

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** In the Central Park production, the Narrator was changed to a young boy so instead the Mysterious Man doubled as Cinderella's Father (played by Chip Zien, the original Baker, in a nice RemakeCameo). And they got Glenn Close Creator/GlennClose to lend her (prerecorded) voice as the Giantess.


** It's [[Literature/TheDevilWearsPrada not the first time]] Creator/MerylStreep's character has a hand in screwing Creator/EmilyBlunt's character over, either. Funnily enough, all three films starred Creator/AnneHathaway.

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** It's [[Literature/TheDevilWearsPrada not the first time]] Creator/MerylStreep's character has a hand in screwing Creator/EmilyBlunt's character over, either. either.
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Funnily enough, all three films starred Creator/AnneHathaway.



** Only twice in her career, Meryl Streep has played [[Film/DeathBecomesHer a character looking to regain her youth and beauty.]]

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** Only twice in her career, Meryl Streep has played [[Film/DeathBecomesHer a character looking to regain her youth and beauty.]]beauty]].



* AllStarCast: The film features Creator/MerylStreep, Creator/JohnnyDepp, Creator/AnnaKendrick, Creator/EmilyBlunt, Creator/ChrisPine, and much more, along with Broadway players Christina Baranski, Mackenzie Mauzy, Lilla Crawford, and Billy Magnusson. Talk show host Creator/EllenDegeneres pokes fun at the film's star studded cast by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzIlBnQARIU creating her own trailer for the film]], which lists a comical assortment of celebrities as members of the cast.

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* AllStarCast: The film features Creator/MerylStreep, Creator/JohnnyDepp, Creator/AnnaKendrick, Creator/EmilyBlunt, Creator/ChrisPine, and much more, along with Broadway players Christina Baranski, Creator/ChristinaBaranski, Mackenzie Mauzy, Lilla Crawford, and Billy Magnusson. Talk show host Creator/EllenDegeneres pokes fun at the film's star studded cast by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzIlBnQARIU creating her own trailer for the film]], which lists a comical assortment of celebrities as members of the cast.



* TheCastShowOff: Meryl Streep sang all her songs live on set, despite also having pre-recorded them.

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* TheCastShowOff: Meryl Streep sang all her songs live on set, despite also having also pre-recorded them.



** A more likely explanation for the adjusted tempo of "Your Fault" (and other tongue-twister lyrics, like the "Witch's Rap") is that filmmakers thought the wider movie audience would have more difficulty following such fast-paced songs than a theater audience did.

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** *** A more likely explanation for the adjusted tempo of "Your Fault" (and other tongue-twister lyrics, like the "Witch's Rap") is that filmmakers thought the wider movie audience would have more difficulty following such fast-paced songs than a theater audience did.



* FatalMethodActing: A near-miss. Meryl Streep tripped on her dress while filming the Witch's rap, and fell headfirst towards the concrete floor. James Corden recalls being frozen alongside Rob Marshall, convinced that they were about to see the death of Meryl Streep. Emily Blunt--[[PregnantBadass who was five months pregnant at the time, mind you]]--swooped in and caught her.
* HideYourPregnancy: Emily Blunt was around 4-6 months pregnant throughout the shoot, so there were many scenes of her lower section being hidden. Amazingly, Blunt's face doesn't look as full as most pregnant women's faces are, so it was hard to tell if she was at all.
* IronyAsSheIsCast: Emily Blunt plays a character whose infertility is a plot point. She was pregnant throughout filming. Two years later, she would repeat the irony with her second pregnancy - in ''Literature/TheGirlOnTheTrain''.

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* FatalMethodActing: A near-miss. Meryl Streep Creator/MerylStreep tripped on her dress while filming the Witch's rap, and fell headfirst towards the concrete floor. James Corden recalls being frozen alongside Rob Marshall, convinced that they were about to see the death of Meryl Streep. Emily Blunt--[[PregnantBadass Creator/EmilyBlunt--[[PregnantBadass who was five months pregnant at the time, mind you]]--swooped in and caught her.
* HideYourPregnancy: Emily Blunt Creator/EmilyBlunt was around 4-6 months pregnant throughout the shoot, so there were many scenes of her lower section being hidden. Amazingly, Blunt's face doesn't look as full as most pregnant women's faces are, so it was hard to tell if she was at all.
* IronyAsSheIsCast: Emily Blunt Creator/EmilyBlunt plays a character whose infertility is a plot point. She was pregnant throughout filming. Two years later, she would repeat the irony with her second pregnancy - in ''Literature/TheGirlOnTheTrain''.



** Youtube star Sophie Grace Brownlee of Sophie Grace and Rosie was originally cast as Red Riding Hood, but was replaced with Lilla Crawford when it was decided Brownlee was too young.

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** Youtube [=YouTube=] star Sophie Grace Brownlee of Sophie Grace and Rosie was originally cast as Red Riding Hood, but was replaced with Lilla Crawford when it was decided Brownlee was too young.



** Emma Stone was Rob Marshall's first choice for the role of Cinderella but she turned it down, feeling that she didn't have the vocal range. She joked that she'd be better suited to playing Jack instead.

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** Emma Stone Creator/EmmaStone was Rob Marshall's first choice for the role of Cinderella but she turned it down, feeling that she didn't have the vocal range. She joked that she'd be better suited to playing Jack instead.



*** The fate of the Witch. [[spoiler: Rather than being swallowed up by a sinkhole, she is pulled into the ground by the arms of her mother, much like the outdoor productions.]]
*** The fate of Jack's mother. [[spoiler: In the early draft, she is bludgeoned by the Steward as in the stage show, but she manages to get back onto her feet and temporarily help the Baker and his wife find Jack. She eventually succumbs to her head injury, and the Baker comes across her dead body in the woods. This explains how he had found out about her death prior to telling Jack during "No One is Alone".]]
*** The original finale. In the draft, [[spoiler: all of the characters appeared at the end to sing "Children Will Listen", much like the original show. Afterwards, everyone would "disappear" (sans the Baker, Cinderella, Jack, and Little Red), and the rest of the song (a reprise of the title song) would be sung as a voice over. In the final film, the entirety of "Children Will Listen" (after the Baker's Wife's solo) is sung by the Witch and the chorus off screen, and the "Into the Woods" reprise is played over the end credits.]]

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*** The fate of the Witch. [[spoiler: Rather than being swallowed up by a sinkhole, she is pulled into the ground by the arms of her mother, much like the outdoor productions.]]
productions]].
*** The fate of Jack's mother. [[spoiler: In the early draft, she is bludgeoned by the Steward as in the stage show, but she manages to get back onto her feet and temporarily help the Baker and his wife find Jack. She eventually succumbs to her head injury, and the Baker comes across her dead body in the woods. This explains how he had found out about her death prior to telling Jack during "No One is Alone".]]
Alone"]].
*** The original finale. In the draft, [[spoiler: all of the characters appeared at the end to sing "Children Will Listen", much like the original show. Afterwards, everyone would "disappear" (sans the Baker, Cinderella, Jack, and Little Red), and the rest of the song (a reprise of the title song) would be sung as a voice over. In the final film, the entirety of "Children Will Listen" (after the Baker's Wife's solo) is sung by the Witch and the chorus off screen, and the "Into the Woods" reprise is played over the end credits.]]credits]].



** Creator/JimCarrey, Creator/JohnnyDepp and Creator/NeilPatrickHarris were all considered for the Baker.
* WordOfSaintPaul: Emily Blunt and James Corden gave the Baker and his wife the names 'Geoff' and 'Margery' on set.
* WordOfGod: [[http://www.playbill.com/news/article/sondheim-reveals-plot-changes-for-disney-into-the-woods-film-322631 Sondheim tried to convince Disney executives to have Rapunzel killed off in the movie and follow the musical's continuity.]] However, the executives refused, so original stage writer and film screenwriter James Lapine then rewrote the fate of Rapunzel and toned down darker aspects of her character, and a new song "She'll Be Back" was written for the Witch to sing after Rapunzel leaves with her Prince (it was later cut and will be on the Blu-ray release).

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** Creator/JimCarrey, Creator/JohnnyDepp Creator/JohnnyDepp, and Creator/NeilPatrickHarris were all considered for the Baker.
* WordOfSaintPaul: Emily Blunt Creator/EmilyBlunt and James Corden gave the Baker and his wife the names 'Geoff' and 'Margery' on set.
* WordOfGod: [[http://www.playbill.com/news/article/sondheim-reveals-plot-changes-for-disney-into-the-woods-film-322631 Sondheim tried to convince Disney executives to have Rapunzel killed off in the movie and follow the musical's continuity.]] continuity]]. However, the executives refused, so original stage writer and film screenwriter James Lapine then rewrote the fate of Rapunzel and toned down darker aspects of her character, and a new song "She'll Be Back" was written for the Witch to sing after Rapunzel leaves with her Prince (it was later cut and will be on the Blu-ray release).


* FatalMethodActing: A near-miss. Meryl Streep tripped on her dress while filming the Witch's rap, and fell headfirst towards the concrete floor. James Corden recalls being frozen alongside Rob Marshall, convinced that they were about to see the death of Meryl Streep. Emily Blunt - [[PregnantBadass five months pregnant at the time, mind you]] - swooped in and caught her.

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* FatalMethodActing: A near-miss. Meryl Streep tripped on her dress while filming the Witch's rap, and fell headfirst towards the concrete floor. James Corden recalls being frozen alongside Rob Marshall, convinced that they were about to see the death of Meryl Streep. Emily Blunt - [[PregnantBadass Blunt--[[PregnantBadass who was five months pregnant at the time, mind you]] - swooped you]]--swooped in and caught her.


* AllStarCast: The film features Creator/MerylStreep, Creator/JohnnyDepp, Creator/AnnaKendrick, Creator/EmilyBlunt, and much more, along with Broadway players Christina Baranski, Mackenzie Mauzy, Lilla Crawford, and Billy Magnusson. Talk show host Creator/EllenDegeneres pokes fun at the film's star studded cast by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzIlBnQARIU creating her own trailer for the film]], which lists a comical assortment of celebrities as members of the cast.

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* AllStarCast: The film features Creator/MerylStreep, Creator/JohnnyDepp, Creator/AnnaKendrick, Creator/EmilyBlunt, Creator/ChrisPine, and much more, along with Broadway players Christina Baranski, Mackenzie Mauzy, Lilla Crawford, and Billy Magnusson. Talk show host Creator/EllenDegeneres pokes fun at the film's star studded cast by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzIlBnQARIU creating her own trailer for the film]], which lists a comical assortment of celebrities as members of the cast.


* FatalMethodActing: A near-miss. Meryl Streep tripped on her dress while filming the Witch's rap, and fell headfirst towards the concrete floor. James Corden recalls being frozen alongside Rob Marshall, convinced that they were about to see the death of Meryl Streep. Emily Blunt - five months pregnant at the time, mind you - swooped in and caught her.

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* FatalMethodActing: A near-miss. Meryl Streep tripped on her dress while filming the Witch's rap, and fell headfirst towards the concrete floor. James Corden recalls being frozen alongside Rob Marshall, convinced that they were about to see the death of Meryl Streep. Emily Blunt - [[PregnantBadass five months pregnant at the time, mind you you]] - swooped in and caught her. her.
* HideYourPregnancy: Emily Blunt was around 4-6 months pregnant throughout the shoot, so there were many scenes of her lower section being hidden. Amazingly, Blunt's face doesn't look as full as most pregnant women's faces are, so it was hard to tell if she was at all.

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