Pint-Size ‘Ellen’ Star Sophia Grace Making Major Movie Debut in Disney’s ‘Into The Woods’
Sophia Grace, seen here last year at an awards show. (Photo: David Livingston/Getty Images)
Disney reps confirm with Yahoo! Movies that young Sophia Grace has landed the role of Little Red Riding Hood in "Into The Woods," the long-awaited screen adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's celebrated musical. The story, which brings together characters from a handful of classic children's stories, has already attracted an A-list cast, including Johnny Depp as the Wolf, Meryl Streep as the Witch, Anna Kendrick as Cinderella, and Emily Blunt as the Baker's Wife — putting Sophia in prime position to make a huge splash with her first film appearance.
Sophia's uncle, Lucas Brownlee, was the first to tip us off to the news (before Disney confirmed it with us):
Its official, @PrincessSGB (sophia grace brownlee) has landed the part of little red riding hood in the disney movie in to the wood,
— Lucas Brownlee (@LucasBrownlee14) August 6, 2013
And yeah, he later corrected himself on the proper spelling of the film's title. (It's "Into the Woods"!)
Along the lines of Justin Bieber, Sophia Grace's story shows just how far a viral video can take someone. In 2011, Brownlee's aunt posted a home video of Sophia and her cousin, dressed up as princesses, performing a full-bodied, rapid-fire version of Nicki Minaj's song "Super Bass." Eventually, the clip went viral, racking up over 42 million views, and Sophia Grace gained a fan in Ellen DeGeneres.
Sophia Grace, center, and her cousin Rosie on 'Ellen' just a few months ago (Photo: Michael Rozman/Warner Bros.)
"Into The Woods" is certainly a prestige project. The show earned three Tony Awards during its original 1987-to-1989 Broadway run, and picked up another two when it was revived in 2002. With Rob Marshall directing (his credits include "Chicago," "Memoirs of a Geisha," and "Nine"), Sondheim allegedly writing new songs for the movie adaptation, and a cast headlined by Depp and Streep, "Into The Woods" will be an event when it opens in theaters in December 2014, and Sophia Grace will be along for the ride.