Everything we know about the ‘Wicked’ movie(s)

Everything we know about the ‘Wicked’ movie(s)

Ready to defy gravity?

Fans Broadway musical Wicked (Itself adapted from A Gregory Maguire novelThey have waited for years for the stage show’s big-screen adaptation. It’s wonderful to finally see it happen. A Wicked Movie was said to be in development, with many starts and stops. including a coronavirus delayIt was a Broadway hit from 2003 to 2003.

There were many ideas about the best approach. There were pitches for animated versions, and hopes for original Broadway stars. Idina Menzel And Kristin Chenoweth They would reprise their roles. Twenty years later, the show has captivated theater audiences again. Wicked It is ready to make magic again.

Wicked stage poster, Cynthia Erivo

Credit: Universal Stage Productions; Leon Bennett/WireImage

Wicked This is a prequel The Wizard of Oz, The “true story” of the Wicked Witch of the West Elphaba and her school days when they first met popular girl G(a)linda. The musical follows their journey as mutually hateful roommates at Shiz University, to unlikely friends and political enemies as the Wizard (and his cronies) denigrate Elphaba and raise Glinda. The two women fall in love with the same man, Fiyero, while having fun.

With lyrics and music by Stephen Schwartz The musical was a hit thanks to Winnie Holzman’s book. Schwartz and Holzman will adapt the script to screen. They also reunited with their Broadway producer. Marc PlattThe film version is also being produced by.

Here’s all we know about the Wicked Film adaptation

A sentimental man

Jon M. Chu, Wicked

Credit: Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images; Frank Micelotta/Getty Images

Universal They needed a musical wizard for their long-gestating adaptation. They found him in Jon M. ChuDirector of the big-screen version of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights Executive producer Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Anniversary Celebration

Imagine what you could do…

A story of friendship Wicked This is a strong reminder that two is more than one. Universal and the filmmakers take that to heart. Divide the musical into two movies.

“As we prepared the production over last year, it became impossible for us to wrestle the story ofWickedChu shared a statement on Twitter that stated that he could not make a single film and do no real damage to it. “As we tried cutting songs or trimming characters, those decisions felt like fatal compromises to our source material that has been so entertaining us for so many years. We decided to expand our canvas and create more.WickedMovie but two! We can tell the story of with more space.Wickedas it was meant to be told, while adding depth and surprise to these beloved characters’ journeys.”

Stephen Schwartz Previously, he indicated New songs will be written for the film. The standard stage show runs for two hours and forty-five minutes, while the Gregory Maguire novel upon which it is based is considerably longer.

It is not clear what will fill the entire length of these two movies. We can only assume that the first movie will follow its theatrical predecessor, and end its first part with the spectacular number “Defying Gravity.”

Two days in the Emerald City

The first entry of the Wicked The first movie will be released on December 25, 2024. The second movie will be released exactly one year later, on December 25, 20, 2025. Next Christmas, we’ll be hanging pink-and-green garlands.

We are perfect together

Cynthia Erivo attends L.A. LIVE’s 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards on September 19, 2021 in Los Angeles. Jon M. Chu attends the “In The Heights” opening night premiere at the 2021 Tribeca Festival at United Palace Theater, June 9, 2021 in New York City. ; Ariana Grande

Cynthia Erivo and Jon M. Chu with Ariana Grande

Credit: Rich Fury/Getty Images; John Lamparski/FilmMagic; Art Streiber/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

For years, fan speculation about who would take over Elphaba’s green skincare routine or Galinda’s pink popularity has raged. In the end, Chu won. Choose between a Broadway chanteuse or a pop star His musical extravaganza will be anchored by him.

Tony winner Cynthia Erivo (Widows, HarrietGrammy winner ) will portray Elphaba. Ariana Grande Is it going blonde? to play Galinda. Tony gold was awarded to Erivo for her performance as Celie in the revival The Color Purple Grande has been campaigning for Glinda since her early twenties (She sang “The Wizard and I”. On NBC’s 15th Anniversary Special

Grande even Received the blessing Kristin Chenoweth, original Galinda Erivo is already planning how she will deliver Elphaba’s signature song, “Defying gravity.” She Previously told EW“I’ve been listening and I’ve sung it. It was easy for me to just follow the song. It’s tempting to push too hard. I don’t know if that’s the way I’ll go. My method will be to communicate as much as possible the meaning of the song.

Dear Old Shiz

These two witches aren’t the only actors to have their lives transformed. Chu also announced his Fiyero(ooooooooooo), Madam Murrible, Boq and Nessarose.

Chu was Elphaba’s man of evil, and he needed a true romantic hero. He couldn’t have done better. Bridgerton’s Jonathan Bailey. The Netflix series Anthony Bridgerton has made viewers swoon. He’ll now put his musical theatre credentials to good use as the central point of the show’s love triangle.

Michelle Yeoh (Everything at Once() will be attached to play Madam Morrible. She is the headmistress at Shiz University and a manipulative adviser to the Wizard. The Wizard, a Kansas carnival huckster and political leader, will be the Wizard. He’ll be played in the second act by Jeff GoldblumWe are certain that he will be infused with the character’s required smariness by a woman we know.

Marissa Bode, a newcomer, will play Elphaba’s sister Nessarose. Bode, like her character, uses a wheelchair. Ethan Slater is best known for his portrayal as SpongeBob. She will be her opposite SpongeBob SquarePants The Musical Boq is a munchkin who dates Nessa.

SNL Star Bowen Yang They will also be available In a small role, Pfannee was a classmate of Galinda at Shiz.

Bronwyn James (also announced)Harlots), Keala Sette (The Greatest Showman), newcomer Aaron Teoh and Colin Michael CarmichaelHot Fuzz).

Similar content:

Continue reading