According to Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine was extremely shy about his singing voice and noted that he would hold back during rehearsals for Into The Woods. She only heard his actual singing voice when she was eating lunch in the recording studio. She was in a room by herself and she heard a “beautiful, crooning voice” coming from the hallway, but she assumed that it was a singer from a different project since multiple records were being recorded in the studio. She then noticed that the singing wasn’t stopping, so she poked her head out to see who it was. To her surprise, she discovered that it was Pine, who didn’t know that there was anybody else there.
According to Johnny Depp, he modeled the Big Bad Wolf’s mischievous persona after the slick-talking, Zoot-suit wearing Wolf from old 1940s Tex Avery cartoons.
Emily Blunt portrays a woman who is unable to have a child in the film. Ironically, Blunt was actually pregnant during filming. This resulted in multiple different techniques to hide her pregnancy.
This is Anna Kendrick’s third movie musical and James Corden’s second. Her first two were Camp (2003) and Pitch Perfect (2012) and his was Begin Again (2013). James Corden played Craig Owens on two episodes of Doctor Who with Matt Smith. In the second episode Craig is a new father of a son whom he complains “only cries when I hold him.” The same complaint he makes at least twice to his wife as his role as the baker in Into The Woods.
Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michelle Pfeiffer, Penélope Cruz, Donna Murphy, Idina Menzel, Miranda Richardson, Kate Winslet, and Nicole Kidman were considered for the Witch. Tina Fey auditioned for the role of the Baker’s Wife.
There have been several other attempts to bring Into the Woods to the screen. At one point in 1994, it got as far as a reading at Penny Marshall’s house, with Robin Williams, Goldie Hawn, and Cher; later, it was developed at Columbia Pictures with director Rob Minkoff attached and Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, and Susan Sarandon in talks to star. – IMDB