First look at Meryl Steep as the Witch in the film based on the award-winning stage show; cast includes Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Emily Blunt and James Corden.

Into the Woods Meryl Streep

Disney’s Into the Woods began production last week, shooting in studio and on location throughout England, and slated for a December 25, 2014 release.

Rob Marshall, the filmmaker behind Oscar-winning musical Chicago and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, directs the film.

It is based on the Tony-winning musical by James Lapine, who also penned the screenplay, and legendary composer Stephen Sondheim, who provides the music and lyrics - including a new song for the big-screen adaptation, that will be eligible for the Oscars.

Producers are Marshall, John DeLuca, Wicked producer Marc Platt and Callum McDougall.

Into the Woods is described as “a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales”, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests.

This musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel. All these are tied together by an original story involving a baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch (Meryl Streep) who has put a curse on them.

Anna Kendrick plays Cinderella, Chris Pine portrays her Prince charming while Johnny Depp plays the Big Bad Wolf. Lilla Crawford makes her feature debut as Little Red Riding Hood, Daniel Huttlestone plays Jack and Tracey Ullman plays his mother.

The production team includes Dion Beebe as director of photography, Dennis as production designer and Colleen Atwood as costume designer.

Into the Woods premiered on Broadway in 1987 and ran for 764 performances, winning three Tony Awards and five Drama Desk awards.