Today in show business: The youngest cast member of Into the Woods has been found, a crazy new production of Chicago is in the works, and NBC sets up its fall for you.
The Rob Marshall-directed movie adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's brilliant fractured fairytale musical Into the Woods lurches ever closer to production. They've just cast one of the major parts, Jack. As in the Beanstalk. Typically this role is played by a guy in his late teens or early twenties, so who could they have gotten for this pivotal role? Singin' dancin' Zac Efron? Mop-topped bro-bander Nick Jonas? You know, someone who all the girls (and boys -- it's a musical, people) can scream for? Well, no. They've cast a small child. Remember Gavroche from the Les Misérables movie, the little boy who [SPOILER ALERT] gets beaned with a bullet on the barricade? The kid who played him, wee Daniel Huttlestone, will be playing Jack. The 13-year-old showed moxie and pluck in Les Mis, but it's a weird choice to make Jack such a young kid. It's not like he has a love interest or anything, but it changes the dynamic a little bit. Ah well. The movie is not going to be the stage show, we must remind ourselves that. This is something different. Something with Chris Pine. And Johnny Depp. Grumble. [Deadline]
While we're talking about theater-y things, the cast for this summer's three-night Hollywood Bowl production of Chicago has been announced and it is a doozy! Let's start with Drew Carey, who will play Amos, the poor schlub who sings "Mr. Cellophane." Then there's Samantha Barks, from Les Mis, who will be sultry nightclub femme fatale Velma. All at the age of 22. Stephen Moyer, aka Vampire Bill from True Blood, is going to play Billy Flynn. And Lucy Lawless is going to be Mama Morton. Hatchi matchi. Oh, and Brooke Shields is directing. Good grief is that a motley crew, huh? Roxie hasn't been announced yet, but I'm pretty sure it's got to be, like, Jennie Garth or something, right? I mean, as long as we're doing random, we may as well do random. Either her or Abigail Breslin. Do your worst/best, Shields. [The Hollywood Reporter]