Everything You Need To Know About 'Wicked' The Film

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  • Gregory Maguire
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  • Ariana Grande
    Ariana Grande
    American singer
Photo credit: Getty Images
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If you can’t get enough of bangers like ‘Defying Gravity’ and ‘Popular’ then grab your broomstick and wand because Wicked the film is on its way.

Almost two decades after the Broadway musical, based on the 1995 Gregory Maguire novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, arrived in New York City the Tony award-winning masterpiece is finally coming to a cinema near you.

With a cast already set to rival Cats and a production date scheduled, we can’t wait to see what’s in store from the film's director Jon M. Chu, who is best known for directing the hit 2018 film Crazy Rich Asians.

From the release date and plot, to the cast and trailer, here’s everything you need to know about Wicked the film:

Who has been cast in Wicked?

In November 2021 Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo announced on their Instagram accounts that they had been cast in the Chu-directed feature adaptation of Wicked.

‘Pink goes good with Green @wickedmovie @jonmchu @arianagrande, [sic]’ Erivo – who will play Elphaba – captioned her post, which included a picture of her looking shocked on a virtual call, a note from Grande with a bunch of flowers and a screengrab of the two on a call together.

Meanwhile Grande – who will play Glinda - shared photos of her and Erivo on a Zoom call with Chu and a bunch of flowers from her soon-to-be co-star with the caption: ‘thank goodness 💘 @jonmchu @cynthiaerivo @wickedmovie’ [sic].

Grande first appeared on Broadway at the age of 15 in the role of Charlotte in the production 13. Years later, in 2016, she starred as Penny Pingleton in Hairspray Live!.

The singer has been a huge fan of Wicked for years and in 2013 performed songs from the musical for the production’ 15th anniversary special with Mika.

What is the Wicked plot?

If you don’t know the plot then let’s take you back to the beginning. In 1939 Judy Garland starred in the film The Wizard of Oz, which is based on a book by Frank L. Baum about a young girl from Kansas who flies over a rainbow, makes friends with some rather unique characters and triumphs over a really horrible witch.

In the Nineties the aforementioned author Gregory Maguire honed in on the story of the witch – more specifically the fraught relationship between the ‘Good Witch’ Glinda and the Wicked Witch of the West, Elphaba. The story explores their life in college together when they were friends, and how and why they parted ways to become enemies.

When will Wicked the film be released?

It’s likely the film will come out in 2023, perhaps even 2024.

The film is currently in development and Deadline reports production is scheduled to start in summer 2022 in the UK.

Is there a Wicked trailer?

No, and there won't be one for a long time. Instead, here's quick look inside the Broadway musical so you get an idea of what to expect:

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