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Johnny Depp in talks for Disney's Into The Woods musical

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Story by Jack Foley

JOHNNY Depp is in talks to star in Disney musical Into The Woods.

If successful, the film would mark Depp’s first singing role since Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon of Fleet Street.

It would also reunite him with director Rob Marshall, who helmed the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean outing, On Stranger Tides.

Meryl Streep has already been cast as the witch, while The Hollywood Reporter states that Depp’s role would be more of a supporting act, playing a hungry and sexy variation of the fairy tale wolf character.

Into The Woods is a compendium of classic fairytales that follows the story of a childless baker and his wife as they attempt to lift a family curse by journeying into the woods to confront the witch (Streep) that cursed them.

En route, they encounter a group of characters including Rapunzel, Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood.

The screenplay for the film has been penned by James Lapine and is based on his book for the 1986 musical, which boasts a score by Stephen Sondheim.

Depp will next be seen in Disney’s The Lone Ranger and is currently shooting Wally Pfister’s directing debut Transcendence.

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