Into The Woods is the first movie that Meryl Streep has made for Disney Studios. Streep revealed that after turning 40, she was offered three witch roles in one year, and she implemented a ‘no witches’ rule. She ended up breaking that rule after meeting lyricist Stephen Sondheim and director Rob Marshall for this film.
This is not the first time Streep has been involved in a film adaptation based on a stage play or musical. Others include Marvin’s Room (1996), Doubt (2008), Mamma Mia! (2008), and August: Osage County (2013).
Most of her songs in the film like ‘Last Midnight’ were sung live, even though she also had pre-recorded them.
This is the second collaboration between Meryl Streep and Emily Blunt. They previously starred together in The Devil Wears Prada (2006).
At a Q&A session after screening of the film, James Corden recalled an incident during rehearsals in which Meryl Streep jumped on a table and her foot got caught in her costume. She started falling backwards, head first, toward a concrete floor. Both Corden and director Rob Marshall froze in the fear that they were about to witness the death of Meryl Streep. However, a pregnant Emily Blunt stepped in and caught Streep before she hit the floor. – IMDB