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Lilla Crawford Replaces Sophia Grace in 'Into the Woods'

Lilla Crawford Replaces Sophia Grace in 'Into the Woods'

Broadway actress Lilla Crawford will be playing the the role of Little Red Riding Hood in the movie musical Into the Woods, a part previously believed to be given to television personality Sophia Grace Brownlee.

Disney has confirmed that Lilla, who most recently originated the title role in the Broadway revival of Annie, will be playing the “smart and spunky girl who journeys into the woods, finding unexpected adventures along the way.”

Last month, it was reported that Sophia Grace, who is known for her appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, would be playing the role.

“Sophia Grace is starring in the movie ‘Into the Woods’ w/ Meryl Streep! The role of a lifetime. Also big for Sophia,” Ellen DeGeneres had tweeted.

WHAT DO YOU THINK of the casting switch-up for Into the Woods?

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17 Comments

# 2

Much, much better.

Still too young – should be 14/15 – but Lilla is a real actress and very talented, so if they’re going to cast young she’s a great choice.

# 3

I love Sophia Grace and Rosie.
Awesome, sweet kids.

# 4

At last, the role goes to the talent instead of another ‘celeb’. Lilla is a real actress.

# 5

Smart move. I think Sophia Grace and Rosie are cute kids and kind of a novelty when they apprear on ELLEN but Sophia is not an actress and her singing is average or even less than average. She clearly is ADHD…she can’t sit still and seems to have very over the top reactions to just about everything. I can’t imagine her having the discipline to be able to film a movie.

# 6

whew. sorry but sophia grace is not talented enough to be starring alongside meryl streep

# 7

Better choice as she is talented but Red should really be in her teens. I guess they are going to get rid of the subtext.

# 8

no, sophia grace is not an actress, and seems bratty

# 9
an opinion @ 09/16/2013 at 4:44 pm

Sophia grace is a very good singer. Most likely she can’t act.

Lilla is amazing – so talented – and closer to the correct age for the part. No offense to Sophia Grace but it seemed like stunt casting to me. Lilla should be wonderful.

I can’t imagine that spoiled, self-centered, manic, annoying brat Sophia whatever being anything but a novelty on a talk show. The fact that adults find her and her sidekick ‘entertaining” is a scary sign of the times.

I agree with the age–although Lilla is very talented, she looks like she’s about 11 years old. I think the role should have gone to someone older, more mid to late teens, with a little more maturity

Naturally they were going to get rid of the subtext — it is being made by Disney, after all.

Thank God! … Sophia Grace is a Devil Child.

cheryl konsur @ 09/18/2013 at 7:13 pm

thank God!!! so very happy :) now I will actually go see the film!!

@ivy: Actually she’s a very patient little girl and loves to act. She appeared along side Rosie as guest stars on nickelodeon’s Sam and Cat. Arianna said Sophia Grace and Rosie were very well behaved on set, more than the actual kid actors! I do agree that this part is too big for her right Now. But she is a good kid and does listen when she is told to be quiet and sit still.

Oh well you will all have to make do with 2nd best Lila Crawford because Rob Marshall’s 1st choice was Sophia Grace. Unfortunately her parents pulled her from the film when they realized Disney would not remove the sexual innuendos connected to the role.

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