Here comes a cheery piece of news: Former Broadway.com video blogger Lilla Crawford has replaced Sophia Grace Browlee as Little Red Riding Hood in Rob Marshall’s film adaptation of Into the Woods, according to Disney Studios.
Crawford made a big splash last season as the title star in the Broadway.com Audience Choice Award-winning revival of Annie, for which she filmed the popular video blog Simply Red. She previously appeared in the closing cast of Broadway’s Tony-winning musical Billy Elliot and the concert version of Ragtime.
Crawford joins a star-studded cast which includes Broadway veterans Meryl Streep as the Witch, James Corden as the Baker, Anna Kendrick as Cinderella, Billy Magnussen as Rapunzel’s Prince, Christine Baranski as Cinderella's Stepmother, Mackenzie Mauzy as Rapunzel and Tammy Blanchard as Florinda, Cinderella’s stepsister. The cast also includes Emily Blunt as the Baker’s Wife, Johnny Depp as the Wolf, Chris Pine as Cinderella’s Prince, Tracey Ullman as Jack’s Mother and Daniel Huttlestone as Jack.
Disney also announced that Tony winner Frances de la Tour (The History Boys) will voice the Giant and Olivier Award winner Simon Russell Beale (Bluebird) will play the Baker’s Father. The cast will also feature Olivier Award winner Joanna Riding (My Fair Lady, Carousel) as Cinderella's Mother, Richard Glover (Sightseers) as the Prince’s Steward, Annette Crosbie (Calendar Girls) as Red Riding Hood’s Grandmother and Lucy Punch (The Graduate, Bad Teacher) as Lucinda, Cinderella’s other stepsister.
Featuring a screenplay by the show's scribe James Lapine and music (including an original new song) by Stephen Sondheim, Into the Woods is currently filming on location throughout England and will hit cinemas on December 25, 2014.
Check out Lilla Crawford belting Annie’s “Maybe” in the video below.