UPDATE: The official website for the film has changed their cast list information after this story was originally posted. A rep notes that the cast names were posted in error, and that information about the film isn’t accurate.
We know things now, and they aren’t all good when it comes to Disney’s upcoming adaptation of the musical Into The Woods.
Apparently character names from the hit Broadway show have been changed to tie in with other previous Disney projects, according to the film’s official website. (First noted by Playbill.) The name of Rapunzel’s Prince, played by Billy Magnussen, has been changed to Flynn Rider, the love interest of Rapunzel in Disney’s 2010 animated tale Tangled. Cinderella’s Prince (Chris Pine) has been renamed Prince Charming and Cinderella’s Stepmother (Christine Baranski) name has been switched to Lady Tremaine, both from Disney’s Cinderella. Additionally, there will not be a Mysterious Man, as there is in the stage show.
This info about more “Disney-fication” of Into The Woods, whose plot revolves around several fractured fairy tales coming together in a new, off-kilter story, follows some musical theater ourage over the summer when original composer Stephen Sondheim (who is involved with the upcoming film) noted there would be some changes when long-time fans finally see the beloved story on the big screen. Later, director Rob Marshall confirmed differences, but said reports had been out of proportion. In a disappointing blow to fans, he did, however, note that climactic number “Ever After” will only appear in instrumental form.