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Johnny Depp to Venture Into the Woods

LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 17:  Actor Johnny Depp appears at a Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures presentation to promote the upcoming film "The Lone Ranger" at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace during CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners, on April 17, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) Johnny Depp.

Rob Marshall's big-screen adaptation of Into the Woods continues to inch along toward a planned 2014 shoot date, and Variety reports that he's in talks with Johnny Depp (who had his first crack at Sondheim's oeuvre with Sweeney Todd) for an unspecified starring role. But it's gotta be the Baker, right? Meanwhile, Meryl Streep remains in talks to play the Witch. No word yet on whether Anna Kendrick, Patrick Wilson, and some of the stars who took part in Marshall's script reading last fall will return to reprise their roles.

Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images