Cynthia Erivo and Ariana Grande

Cynthia Erivo & Ariana Grande to Star in Wicked Film Adaptation

Thank goodness, we finally have official casting news for the Wicked movie! After waiting many years to see who will portray Broadway’s most beloved witches on the silver screen, it has been revealed that Cynthia Erivo and Ariana Grande will star as Elphaba and Glinda, respectively, when Wicked hits movie theaters.

Known for her star-making turn in the Broadway revival of The Color Purple, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award winner Cynthia Erivo will play Elphaba, a role originated by Idina Menzel in the Broadway musical. Grammy Award-winning pop sensation Ariana Grande had her start on Broadway in the musical 13, before reaching a wider audience in the Nickelodeon TV show Victorious. Now one of the biggest pop stars in the world, she will take on the role of Glinda, originated by Kristin Chenoweth. The original stars, Menzel and Chenoweth, shared praise for the pair on social media.


The long-awaited Wicked film will be directed by Jon M. Chu, who helmed the recently released In the Heights film adaptation. Original composer Stephen Schwartz will adapt the screenplay with Winnie Holzman, who wrote the book for the musical, and producer of the musical, Marc Platt, is set to produce the film. Infamously known for constantly shifting release dates, an official one for the Wicked movie has not been set.

Recently celebrating being open 18 years at the Gershwin Theatre, Wicked, the Broadway sensation, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz…but from a different angle.  Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin—smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships…until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.” With a thrilling score that includes the hits “Defying Gravity,” “Popular” and “For Good,” Wicked has been hailed by The New York Times as “the defining musical of the decade.” Time Magazine cheers, “if every musical had the brain, the heart, and the courage of Wicked, Broadway really would be a magical place.”

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