The much-anticipated movie version of the Broadway hit “Wicked” is currently being made. This is great news for fans of musical theater. And now, fans are going crazy over the first look at two of the movie’s stars, Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo. Grande, who is known for her powerful voice and songs that top the charts, will play Elphaba, the misunderstood Wicked Witch of the West.
Cynthia Erivo, who has won Tony and Emmy Awards, will play Glinda, the popular and bubbly Good Witch of the North. Both actresses have a lot of ability and a wide range, so their roles in what is sure to be a visually stunning and musically captivating version of the well-known musical are highly anticipated.
First Look at Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo in Wicked
Our Monday blues were banished by Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo’s gift of the first trailer for the Wicked movie adaption. The two-part musical movie’s director, Jon Chu, promised a stunning, ominous sneak preview of the upcoming movie version of the Tony-winning Broadway musical on Instagram on Sunday.
Chu shared a post on Instagram with the caption: “You weren’t told the whole story. What happens when you veer off the Yellow Brick Road? FIRST LOOK of the #WickedMovie … currently in production in Oz…”
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Erivo replied to the post, saying, “Making magic with you has been wonderful.” Chu posted two enigmatic stills without giving away too many details. The first image showed Erivo’s Elphaba getting ready to take off on her broom as she glanced away from the camera while wearing a dark cloak and pointed cap.
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In the second image, Grande is seen dressed as Glinda and ascending a lengthy flight of stairs with blonde locks and a bubblegum pink ball gown. What is known about the planned movies is that they are based on both the successful Broadway play and Gregory Maguire’s 1995 novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West.
A star-studded cast will be joining Grande and Erivo, including Jeff Goldblum as the Wizard and Oscar winner Michelle Yeoh as Madame Morrible. During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in March 2023, Goldblum revealed his part and said that Grande and Erivo were “very good” in their respective performances.
According to IMDb, the cast will also include Jonathan Bailey from Bridgerton as Fiyero, Ethan Slater as Boq, Marissa Bode as Nessarose, Bowen Yang as Pfannee, Bronwyn James as ShenShen, Keala Settle as Miss Coddle from The Greatest Showman, Aaron Teoh as Avaric, and Colin Michael Carmichael as Professor Nikidi.
Chu indicated that Faye Dunaway would also be joining the production when tagging the actors in the photo, but she hasn’t said what part she plays. The movie adaptation was first announced by Universal in 2016, and now it is finally in the production phase. On Christmas Day in 2024 and 2025, respectively, Wicked: Part One and Part Two are anticipated to be released on film.