Meryl Streep confirmed as new movie witch

MERYL STREEP has been confirmed as The Witch in a new film version of hit stage show INTO THE WOODS.

The veteran entered talks about the project last autumn (12), but missed a reading get together with Anna Kendrick, Christine Baranski, Cheyenne Jackson, Allison Janney and Patrick Wilson on 1 October (12), leading many to believe she had pulled out of the movie.

But the show's arranger David Krane has revealed he can't wait to reteam with the Oscar winner after working her on Happy End in the 1970s.

He tells BroadwayWorld.com, "Disney is going to make the movie and I will do the arrangements. Meryl Streep will be the witch and it will be the first time I have worked with her since 1977."

Nine and Chicago director Rob Marshall will take charge of the Stephen Sondheim project.

Reports suggest Baranski will play the Stepmother, James Corden the Baker, Kendrick Cinderella and Wilson Prince Charming.

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