The Wicked movie has finally found its witches with Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo set to star.
Wicked reveals the ‘true untold story’ behind the Wizard Of Oz and just what happened before Dorothy dropped in.
Featuring some of musical theatre’s most iconic songs, such as Defying Gravity and Popular, Wicked has proved a huge hit in both London’s West End and on Broadway for almost two decades.
A movie adaption has been in the works for years and is now – hopefully – getting towards a release.
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It’s been revealed that West End’s very own Cynthia Erivo will take on the iconic role of Elphaba with Ariana Grande as G(a)linda.
“Dear Cynthia, honored doesn’t even begin to cover it. I cannot wait to hug you. See you in Oz,” Ariana wrote in a post on social media.
In her own message, Cynthia responded: “The part was made for you, I look forward to sharing this musical journey with you.”
Meanwhile director Jon M Chu tweeted: “Goooood Newwwws!!! The incredible #CynthiaErivo and @ArianaGrande will be our Elphaba and Galinda in @WickedMovie…Get ready for a match up like you’ve never seen!!! In pink and green!!!”
And Idina Menzel, who of course originated Elphaba both on Broadway and in the West End, posted: “Congrats to two amazing women. May it change your lives for the better forever and ever as it has for us. So much love.”
Further casting for the film is to be announced with four-time Olivier Award winner Imelda Staunton having been tipped for the role of Madame Morrible.
As for when we can expect to see the film, there’s no word yet on a release date with 2023 looking to be the earliest the movie will hit cinemas.
It was revealed last month production has been pushed back with filming now scheduled to begin in the UK in June 2022 rather than the previously planned March in Atlanta.
Crazy Rich Asians and In The Heights director Chu recently took charge of the project from Stephen Daldry who left due to scheduling conflicts.
For now, watch this space.