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- The first movie that Meryl StreepMeryl Streep has made for Disney Studio. Most of her songs in the film were sung live, even though she also had pre-recorded them.
- Meryl StreepMeryl Streep revealed that after turning 40, she was offered three witch roles in one year, and she implemented a 'no witches' rule. She ended up breaking that rule after meeting composer/lyricist Stephen SondheimStephen Sondheim and director Rob MarshallRob Marshall for this film.
- Matthew BroderickMatthew Broderick, John C. ReillyJohn C. Reilly, Neil Patrick HarrisNeil Patrick Harris, Colin FirthColin Firth, Johnny DeppJohnny Depp, [?] Denis O'Hare, and Jim CarreyJim Carrey were considered for the Baker.
- Tina FeyTina Fey auditioned for the role of the Baker's Wife.
- Alan CummingAlan Cumming was considered to play The Wolf.
- Before Tracey UllmanTracey Ullman was cast as Jack's Mother, Allison JanneyAllison Janney and Kathy BatesKathy Bates were in talks for the role.
- A number of differences between this and the stage version:
* On stage, Rapunzel dies by running off and being crushed by the giant. In the theatrical release, she rides off with her prince.
* On stage, the death of Jack's Mother was more violent with the Steward clubbing her with his cane. In this film, he merely pushes her to the ground.
* On stage, the Baker's father helps the Baker and his wife with the items they need to lift the curse and dies when it is lifted. In the film, he appears as a vision.<>* Slight changes were made to the connotation of "Hello Little Girl" because it strongly alludes to pedophilia. The tempo was made "jazzier" and the producers felt the double-entendres would most likely fly over kids' heads.
* The stage version's Narrator is replaced with the Baker's voiceover for the narration.
* The stage version's 'Mysterious Man' is cut. The role played by Meryl StreepMeryl Streep is a combination of both the Witch role and the Mysterious Man, but ultimately the witch.
- Despite it being revealed in the film that Rapunzel was The Baker's sister, they never actually meet after the revelation.
- There have been several other attempts to bring Into the Woods to the screen. At one point in 1994, it got as far as a reading at Penny MarshallPenny Marshall's house, with Robin WilliamsRobin Williams, Goldie HawnGoldie Hawn, and [?] Cher; later, it was developed at Columbia Pictures with director Rob MinkoffRob Minkoff attached and Billy CrystalBilly Crystal, Meg RyanMeg Ryan, and Susan SarandonSusan Sarandon in talks to star.
- Catherine Zeta-JonesCatherine Zeta-Jones, Michelle PfeifferMichelle Pfeiffer, PenÚlope CruzPenÚlope Cruz, Donna MurphyDonna Murphy, Idina MenzelIdina Menzel, Miranda RichardsonMiranda Richardson, Kate WinsletKate Winslet, and Nicole KidmanNicole Kidman were considered for the Witch.
- Despite prominent billing, Johnny DeppJohnny Depp only appears in nearly five minutes of the film.
- In the stage production the witch is typically played by a young actress in old age makeup, who then has the old age makeup removed after the transformation takes place. Meryl StreepMeryl Streep admitted that at age of 64 when she filmed the role, it was more of a challenge to make her appear clearly younger after the transformation takes place.
- This is the fourth time Lucy PunchLucy Punch has played a stepsister type role. Previous projects are Ella Enchanted, Cinderella, and in BBC's [Fairy Tales].
- At one point during his performance in the intentionally broad song "Agony," Chris PineChris Pine does an impression of William ShatnerWilliam Shatner. Pine is also a star of the rebooted Star Trek movie series; he plays Captain James T. Kirk, a role originated by Shatner.
- Emily BluntEmily Blunt portrays a woman who is unable to have a child in the film. Ironically, Blunt was actually pregnant during filming. This resulted in multiple different techniques to hide her pregnancy. Within a week of being cast, Blunt discovered she was pregnant. When she called to inform director Rob MarshallRob Marshall, he jokingly asked if she was actually pregnant. Emily BluntEmily Blunt revealed that the "Any Moment" sequence was rehearsed when she was about three months into her pregnancy and it was filmed when she was about seven months pregnant. The change showed during filming as Blunt noted that during the scene Chris PineChris Pine dips her during a dance and that Pine's arms were shaking due to the change in weight.
- Lilla CrawfordLilla Crawford replaced [?] Sophia Grace Brownlee as Little Red one week after filming began.
- 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 Jeremy IronsJeremy Irons, Christopher PlummerChristopher Plummer, Geoffrey RushGeoffrey Rush, James Earl JonesJames Earl Jones, John CleeseJohn Cleese, Michael CaineMichael Caine, Michael GambonMichael Gambon, and Alan RickmanAlan Rickman. There were even rumors about giving this role to a female such as Julie AndrewsJulie Andrews or Angela LansburyAngela Lansbury who are both Disney favorites as well as experts on Stephen SondheimStephen Sondheim's material.
- When in negotiations to play Sally Bowles on Broadway in Cabaret, Rob MarshallRob Marshall asked Emma StoneEmma Stone to play the role of Cinderella, but she turned it down because she didn't think she had the vocal range. She jokingly asked Marshall if she could, instead, "play Jack."
- Because the Baker and his Wife lack proper names, Emily BluntEmily Blunt and James CordenJames Corden referred to them as "Marjorie and Geoff" while on set.
- According to Anna KendrickAnna Kendrick, the set pieces used for the woods were so big and realistic that she and Chris PineChris Pine actually got lost while on the sound stage and had to be rescued by a production assistant.
- According to Anna KendrickAnna Kendrick, Chris PineChris Pine was extremely shy about his singing voice and noted that he would hold back during rehearsals. She only heard his actual singing voice when she was eating lunch in the recording studio. She was in a room by herself and she heard a "beautiful, crooning voice" coming from the hallway, but she assumed that it was a singer from a different project since multiple records were being recorded in the studio. She then noticed that the singing wasn't stopping, so she poked her head out to see who it was. To her surprise, she discovered that it was Pine, who didn't know that there was anybody else there. Initially, he wasn't aware of the original Into the Woods play, but wanted to audition just based on the cast and the director. On the night before his singing audition, he decided to google the play and to his horror, found pages of fan message boards and comments, along with passionate positive reviews of the play and Broadway show. This made him so nervous that he didn't sleep at all that night and even briefly considered canceling the meeting with Rob MarshallRob Marshall.
- At a Q&A session after screening of the film, James CordenJames Corden recalled an incident during rehearsals in which Meryl StreepMeryl Streep jumped on a table and her foot got caught in her costume. She started falling backwards, head first, toward a concrete floor. Both Corden and director Rob MarshallRob Marshall froze in the fear that they were about to witness the death of Meryl StreepMeryl Streep. However, a pregnant Emily BluntEmily Blunt stepped in and caught Streep before she hit the floor.