Today, it was announced that Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo will be starring in the upcoming Wicked movie. The two powerhouse singers are set to play Elphaba and Glinda respectively. This is a monumental announcement for Broadway fans everywhere.
Wicked, the Broadway smash hit musical, is coming to cinemas on December 20th. The film will be directed by Stephen Daldry and will star the two young women who have captured audiences everywhere. It has been 14 years since Elphaba was played by Idina Menzel in the original production of Wicked . After starring as Maureen Johnson in Broadway’s Rent, Erivo began portraying the character of Celie Harris in The Color Purple . She has earned raves for her performance and recently starred as Dolly in Hello Dolly! on the West End.
After playing Penny Pingleton in Hairspray, Grande is currently starring as Charlotte Conner in Sweet Charity , which is currently on Broadway.
Wicked also stars Kristin Chenoweth as Glinda and Andy Mientus as Fiyero, who will reprise his role from the original production of the musical. The film will be produced by Marc Platt who was involved in La La Land .
There has been no word yet on whether or not Menzel will be involved in the upcoming film. One can only hope that she will be, but it is unlikely considering her role on Disney’s Frozen .
The movie musical has had several successful adaptations with Grease , The Greatest Showman , and most recently La La Land . With an all-star cast, Wicked looks to join the ranks of these successful films.
The next chapter in the Wicked saga will be coming to theaters on December 20th, 2019.
The musical phenomenon WICKED will come to life on the big screen when Twentieth Century Fox releases a new film adaptation in theaters nationwide December 20, 2019. More details about the movie are set to be announced soon. The beloved musical, with book by Winnie Holzman and music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, tells the incredible untold story of the witches of Oz. Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the land of Oz. One, born with emerald-green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and popular. She has blue skin as her beauty is celebrated and she revels in the attention it brings. Wicked tells the story of what happens when these two girls meet, how their unlikely friendship starts and they grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.
Producer Marc Platt ( La La Land , Bridge of Spies ), along with the creative team from the original Broadway production, is on board to produce the new film adaptation. Stephen Daldry ( Billy Elliot ) will direct and Winnie Holzman, who wrote the book of both the Broadway and London shows, will write the screenplay.
We are thrilled that Marc Platt has joined us in bringing the next chapter of the wonderful world of Oz to the big screen. notes executive producer and president of Twentieth Century Fox Emma Watts. We know that this film will capture the love we all have for this enduring story, and we are honored to be working with Wicked’s amazing creative team in bringing it to life.