Ariana Grande is being ‘seriously considered’ for Wicked’s film adaption, composer Stephen Schwartz has said.
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.
After many years of rumours, a film adaption directed by Stephen Daldry has been scheduled for release in cinemas on December 22, 2021.
While no casting has been announced just yet, composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz has spoken about rumours that Ariana Grande could be a part of the project.
“Well I’m a massive Ariana Grande fan. Who isn’t?!” he told Gay Times magazine, “The Wicked movie is not quite far enough along yet for us to really be talking about specific casting, but obviously everyone is very aware of the presence in the world of of Ariana Grande and her extraordinary talent.
“We’d be fools for her not to be being seriously considered.”
He added: “Ultimately it won’t be my decision, Stephen Daldry is our director and he will have a lot to say about the casting, as will Universal and the studio.
“But, as I say, let’s just say that all of us are very aware of Ariana Grande.”
Schwartz recently revealed he had also been working with book writer Winnie Holzman to develop the story for the screen.
He told Variety: “In order to do something that will work on its own merits, you have to do something different.
“The only concern is people who would be coming expecting to see a filmed version of the play. They’re not going to see that.”
For now, you can catch Wicked on stage in both London’s West End and on Broadway in New York.
Wicked has been running at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre for 13 years – and recently extended until May 2020.
Over 500,000 new tickets were made available for performances Monday-Sunday.