James Corden is set to star in the film adaption of musical Into the Woods, as the British actor looks to break into Hollywood.
Corden is in line to portray the Baker in Chicago director Rob Marshall’s forthcoming adaptation of the stage musical, which weaves together various Grimm Brothers fairytales into a single narrative about a family trying to break a curse laid upon them.
He is set to star opposite Meryl Streep, who is also in talks for the film, with bosses hoping to cast her as the Witch.
Corden has seen his stateside profile rocket after recently winning a Tony Award for his work in Broadway show One Man, Two Guvnors.
A source told The Sun newspaper: “US film chiefs consider him one of the rising stars in Hollywood and he’s getting plenty of interest.
“His musical background puts him in pole position to land the role.”
According to Broadway World, a screenplay reading recently took place in which various potential cast members took part, including Anna Kendrick as Cinderella and Allison Janney as Jack’s Mother.
Also taking part were Nina Arianda as The Baker’s Wife, Christine Baranski as the Stepmother, Tammy Blanchard as Florinda, Victoria Clark as Cinderella’s Mother, David Garrison as the Narrator, Ivan Hernandez as the Wolf, and Megan Hilty as Lucinda.
Cheyenne Jackson was Rapunzel’s Prince, with Michael McGrath as the Baker’s Father, Laura Osnes as Rapunzel, Taylor Trensch as Jack, Casey Whyland as Little Red Riding Hood and Patrick Wilson as Cinderella’s Prince.