Wicked movie will be split into two parts, released in December 2024 and 2025

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The much-awaited Wicked movie will be split into two parts, it’s been revealed.

Director Jon M Chu has announced the film adaptation of the hit stage musical will be released in two separate instalments.

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Starring Cynthia Erivo and Ariana Grande, the first part is due for release in cinemas in December 2024 with the second following December 2025.

Writing on social media, Chu said: “Thank you for all the support these past several months in anticipation of the WICKED movie. We have so many exciting things to share but for now I’m giving you one… or two, rather.

“Here’s what happened: as we prepared this production over the last year, it became increasingly clear that it would be impossible to wrestle the story of WICKED into a single film without doing some real damage to it. As we tried to cut songs or trim characters, those decisions began to feel like fatal compromises to the source material that has entertained us all for so many years.

“So we decided to give ourselves a bigger canvas and make not just one WICKED movie but TWO!!!! With more space, we can tell the story of WICKED as it was meant to be told while bringing even more depth and surprise to the journeys of these beloved characters.

“Cynthia, Ariana, and I— and all of the cast and crew— pledge to create nothing less than an experience that honors its foundation for all the fans who’ve waited for this movie, and to offer a thrilling, fantastical world full of dynamic characters that invites in those who are unfamiliar.

“So get ready, because WICKED is finally coming to you on successive Christmas holidays beginning December 2024. Until then, I will be keeping you up to date throughout rehearsals, the shoot, and even editing. Here. We. Go. #WickedMovies”

Wicked reveals the ‘true untold story’ behind the Wizard Of Oz and just what happened before Dorothy dropped in.

Based on the 1995 Gregory Maguire novel, the musical has been running in the West End and on Broadway for the best of 20 years.

It was previously announced that Cynthia Erivo would take on the iconic role of Elphaba with Ariana Grande as G(a)linda.

Further casting is to be announced.


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