The film version based on the Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine musical started shooting this week in England, with Streep starring as a witch with wild hair and wilder nails who wishes to reverse a curse and restore her beauty.
Bernadette Peters originated the role on Broadway in 1987.
"Into the Woods," which is scheduled to be in theaters beginning Dec. 25, 2014, is a modern, musical twist on the Brothers Grimm fairy tales.
The Disney film dips into the aftermath of the quests of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel in a story centered on a baker and his wife, and the witch who cast a spell on them.
Rob Marshall ("Chicago") is directing the film that also stars