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YouTube star Sophia Grace cast in 'Into the Woods'

Posted by Glenn Yoder  August 7, 2013 05:30 PM

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By Rachel Zarrell, Boston.com Staff

Viral superstar and Ellen Degeneres's protege Sophia Grace Brownlee has been cast as Red RidingHood in Disney's star-studded "Into the Woods" musical film, Entertainment Weekly is reporting.

Ten-year-old Sophia Grace will be in good company in the Rob Marshall-directed flick, which also stars familiar faces like Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, and Anna Kendrick.

But we can only hope the role may be tweaked a bit to take Sophia Grace's age into account: In the original script, Red RidingHood is metaphorically seduced by The Wolf, played now by 50-year-old Johnny Depp.

Here's a look at Red's big (very adult) number, "I Know Things Now," sung by Broadway star Danielle Ferland in Sondheim's 1991 production. "Though scary is exciting, nice is different than good," she sings.


It's been two years since the pint-sized rapper first shot to stardom, after her aunt posted a YouTube video of her singing along to the not-so-G-rated "Super Bass" with her 5-year-old cousin, Rosie. The video eventually reached more than 43 million views.



Ellen DeGeneres also took notice of the spunky Brit, nearly giving the then-8-year-old a conniption by bringing the duo onto her show and surprising them with an appearance from their idol: Nicki Minaj herself.



In a quick two years, Sophia Grace and Rosie became red carpet mainstays, and began hosting their own segment on "Ellen" where stars like Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift would chat around a table with the girls while having tea.


Did we mention she's also a total boss?

"Into the Woods" is slated for release on Christmas 2014. No word yet on if there's a cameo in store for hype-girl Rosie.

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