Wednesday, 13 August 2014 00:00

THR/Variety: Meryl Streep Revisits Musical World

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Is there anything Meryl Streep can’t do? Probably not. The multiple Oscar winner’s latest role-interests seem to be in the musical world, although she’s seemingly always had a soft spot for musicals (Think Mama Mia!).

Anyway, in celebrated Juno screenwriter Diablo Cody’s most recent project, Streep will reportedly “really be playing and singing in Ricki and the Flash,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The film follows a “struggling rocker who attempts to reconcile with her neglected kids, one of whom is played by Streep’s real-life daughter, Mami Gummer.” Apparently, Streep’s musical “boot camp comes courtesy of director Jonathan Demme, who insist all the film’s songs be performed live.” According to THR, filming has been delayed while Streep hones her guitar skills, until then you can read the rest of the story here.

Moving right along, Streep has also been revealed as the Witch in Stephen Sondheim’s mythical musical Into The Woods, set to open Christmas day. The Broadway adaptation also stars Emily Blunt, James Cordon, Chris Pine, Anna Kendrick, and Johnny Depp as the Wolf.

According to Variety “The Disney fairytale mash-up, based on various Grimm fairy tales, revolves around a childless baker and his wife (James Corden and Blunt) who attempt to lift a family curse by journeying into the woods to confront the witch that put the spell on them. Along the way, they encounter Rapunzel, Cinderella, ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’s’ Jack Little, Red Riding Hood and other classic fairy tale characters.”

The first trailer for the much-anticipated film was released at Comic-con last month, and is provided for your enjoyment below.

**Update** Since our original post, musician Rick Springfield (the talent behind "Jessie's Girl") has been cast to join Meryl's band in Ricki & The Flash, find out more details at Billboard.

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