The "Wicked" Movie Is Being Split Into 2 Films

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After more than a decade of attempts, the "Wicked" movie is finally happening. Back in November 2021, director Jon M. Chu (who directed "Crazy Rich Asians" and "In the Heights") announced that the film will star Ariana Grande as Glinda the Good Witch and Cynthia Erivo as Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West.

On April 26, Chu made a major announcement. In a Twitter post, the director revealed that they're actually going to split the musical into two films. He wrote in part, "Here's what happened: 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 wrote, "Cynthia, Ariana and I - and all the cast and crew - pledge to 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 those who are unfamiliar." Chu also wrote that the first movie would come out Christmas 2024 and the second would hit theaters Christmas 2025.

The movie is set to begin filming this summer, and according to Erivo, the team are still hashing out their vision for it. "We're sort of at the beginning - we're all having conversations about what we want, what we want to do, like the style of it," she told Variety at the Grammys. "I spoke to Paul Tazewell, who's our costume designer and just recently Oscar-nominated, and Jon, who is our director, who's incredible, and we're all sort of talking about how we want it to feel."

Here's everything we know so far about the "Wicked" film, including cast, release date, trailers, music, and more.

Related: Cynthia Erivo and Ariana Grande Are Forming a "Sisterhood" Ahead of "Wicked" Filming

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