“Wicked” just got a bit more… well, wicked AMAZING!
The movie adaptation of the hit Broadway musical already has an incredible lineup in Ariana Grande as “Glinda the Good Witch” and Cynthia Erivo as “Elphaba.”
Ariana has really taken her role as Glinda in stride, because she is waving her wand right and making magic happen!
There’s A New Wizard In Town!
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jeff Goldblum has joined the cast of “Wicked” as the great and powerful… Wizard.
Michelle Yeoh has also joined the “Wicked” family as Madame Morrible.
Jeff Goldblum & Michelle Yeoh Join “Wicked” Movie
Morrible is the headmistress of Shiz University, where Glinda and Elphaba first meet.
Director Jon Chu shared the news on his Instagram Story on December 8th.
“Michelle Yeoh will be our Madame Morrible in our @wickedmovie!!! I can’t believe it. I am ☠️☠️☠️ This cast!!!,” he wrote.
Rehearsals for the film began in September and filming began on December 7th.
Earlier this month, Ari shared never-before-seen photos of herself in a recording booth wearing pink and working on “Wicked” the movie.
She didn’t include sound to the video, but we know she’s been splitting her time in the US and across the pond in London for the film.
Ari Gives A Glimpse Into Her Role As Glinda
Grande donned a cute school girl skirt, light pink sweater, pink gloves, white ankle socks and bubble gum pink platform high heels in one video. She captioned it, “the most grateful girl in the bubble.”
Earlier this year, the “Dangerous Woman” songstress was spotted in London wearing head-to-toe pink while leaving the set of “Wicked.”
This is the first time Ari was seen on the set for the film adaptation of the Broadway musical.
Ariana was accompanied by her husband. He looked ever-the supportive husband and sported a matching pink face mask with his wifey.
In photos obtained by the Daily Mail, the songstress flaunted her tiny frame in a pink turtle neck, white skirt and pink face mask. She carried her belongings in a pink, fuzzy purse.
According to reports, Grande and Gomez will be renting a massive London mansion while she films. Their temporary home is reportedly eight-figures.
If you are unfamiliar with the play, Broadway.com reports, “’Wicked’ spotlights the untold stories of Oz’s most famous (or infamous) characters, namely the Wicked Witch of the West and her unlikely friend, Glinda the Good Witch. The show follows green-skinned star Elphaba from birth to college and through the life-changing events which eventually label her “wicked,” introducing spoiled rich girl Glinda, local prince and heartthrob Fiyero and even the Wizard of Oz himself, a troubled man very unlike the one you may remember. As Elphaba fights injustice and seeks to undo the mistakes of the past, dark secrets and personal tragedies shape the history of Oz, paying homage to the classic Wizard of Oz story while simultaneously changing fans’ understanding of it forever. A cautionary tale about love, friendship and trust, ‘Wicked’ effortlessly reveals that there are indeed two sides to every story.”
Earlier this year, The Blast reported on the film’s director, John M. Chu, announcing the film will be split into two-parts.
“Wicked” Will Be Split Into Two Parts
In a lengthy note posted to Instagram on Tuesday, April 26, Chu wrote, “SPECIAL WICKED UPDATE/ 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.”
— Jon M. Chu (@jonmchu) April 26, 2022
Chu then went on to explain that he and his team were having a difficult time cutting down the musical numbers, songs and script.
“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,” he continued. “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.”
Chu promised fans that he, Ariana, Erivo, and the cast and crew would 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.
“WICKED” part one will be released in December 2024, and part two of the adaptation will be released in December 2025.
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