Wicked - Passion Project

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Published 2024-05-13
The dream of a lifetime. #WickedMovie trailer Wednesday. 💚💖
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After two decades as one of the most beloved and enduring musicals on the stage, Wicked makes its long-awaited journey to the big screen as a spectacular, generation-defining cinematic event this holiday season.

Wicked, the untold story of the witches of Oz, stars Emmy, Grammy and Tony winning powerhouse Cynthia Erivo (Harriet, Broadway’s The Color Purple) as Elphaba, a young woman, misunderstood because of her unusual green skin, who has yet to discover her true power, and Grammy-winning, multi-platinum recording artist and global superstar Ariana Grande as Glinda, a popular young woman, gilded by privilege and ambition, who has yet to discover her true heart.

The two meet as students at Shiz University in the fantastical Land of Oz and forge an unlikely but profound friendship. Following an encounter with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, their friendship reaches a crossroads and their lives take very different paths. Glinda's unflinching desire for popularity sees her seduced by power, while Elphaba's determination to remain true to herself, and to those around her, will have unexpected and shocking consequences on her future. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfill their destinies as Glinda the Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.

The film also stars Oscar® winner Michelle Yeoh as Shiz University’s regal headmistress Madame Morrible; Jonathan Bailey (Bridgerton, Fellow Travelers) as Fiyero, a roguish and carefree prince; Tony nominee Ethan Slater (Broadway’s Spongebob Squarepants, Fosse/Verdon) as Boq, an altruistic Munchkin student; Marissa Bode in her feature-film debut as Nessarose, Elphaba’s favored sister; and pop culture icon Jeff Goldblum as the legendary Wizard of Oz.

The cast of characters includes Pfannee and ShenShen, two conniving compatriots of Glinda played by Emmy nominee Bowen Yang (Saturday Night Live) and Bronwyn James (Harlots), and a new character created for the film, Miss Coddle, played by Tony nominee Keala Settle (The Greatest Showman).

Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians, In the Heights), Wicked is the first chapter of a two-part immersive, cultural celebration. Wicked Part Two is scheduled to arrive in theaters on November 26, 2025.

Wicked is produced by Marc Platt (La La Land, The Little Mermaid), whose films, television shows and stage productions have earned a combined 46 Oscar® nominations, 58 Emmy nominations and 36 Tony nominations, and by multiple Tony winner David Stone (Kimberly Akimbo, Next to Normal), with whom Platt produced the blockbuster Wicked stage musical. The executive producers are David Nicksay, Stephen Schwartz and Jared LeBoff.

Based on the bestselling novel by Gregory Maguire, Wicked is adapted for the screen by the stage production’s book writer Winnie Holzman and by legendary Grammy and Oscar® winning composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz. The Broadway stage musical is produced by Universal Stage Productions, Marc Platt, the Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Ston

All Comments (21)
  • i like how it feels like a bunch of theater kids living out their dream
  • Ari’s first response to getting the role being “I love her so much. I’m going to take such good care of her.” Makes me so happy! 💖
  • @laramazen5520
    ariana crying over her part is the cutest thing i’ve ever seen 🥹🥹🥹
  • @andydv27
    This one looks amazing already!! Seeing how passionate Cynthia and Ariana were about playing these characters just goes to show how much they love them!! I am ready for this!! Can't wait to see this incredible film!!
  • @cosmicblue529
    Cynthia and Ariana crying over their roles in the film just brought such joy. Can't wait for this film and I feel like it will be a blast!
  • @kyleblack3168
    For anyone who's nervous, Jon M. Chu directed the criminally underrated "In the Heights" adaptation. "In the Heights" was full of so much joy and life; it was exactly what a movie adaptation of a musical should be. I have supreme confidence that this adaptation of "Wicked" will make everyone happy.
  • I'm not a fan of Ariana but hearing her say "I love her so much, I'll take such good care of her" was so genuine, it made me smile.
  • Seeing them cry made me really emotional, I truly can't wait
  • That bit at the end where Cynthia startles Ari and laughs at her HAS to be the final bit of "What is this feeling?". So excited!!!!
  • @bryancash9051
    ok you won me over....this was my first boadway show I saw after moving to nyc after my parents kicked me out for being gay. I got be one of the first ones to see this show in 2004. it holds a very special place in my heart.
  • To see Ariana Grande cry for getting a job like was the most humanly satisfying experience ever. Even great Achievers have dreams, and the fact that she feels the weight of the responsibility taking on a character this huge was breathtaking. Both actresses seem so passionate and perfect for the job, can’t wait to see them both perform on the silvery screen.
  • @FeviViro
    Cynthia excels at all she attempts. When she remarked, "It's been a really long journey," I started crying.
  • @jiromanog2777
    I love that it's actual sets and not all green screen.. can't wait for the film!
  • @co2ing
    the way im already crying watching this and its not even the actual trailer… the way ariana said shes going to take good care of glinda and glinda is the one that has taken good care of ariana.. this IS for the big screen.. this is theatre!!! AND I AM SEATED FOR THIS!!!
  • @withthetrans
    Tell me why I'm crying at an INTERVIEW VIDEO not even the trailer omg 😭 So happy for everyone who's a part of this DREAM PROJECT!
  • Wicked is my favorite musical, and I can’t wait to see what Jon M. Chu has to offer in the movie 💚💚💚
  • I just can't wait for this!!! Cynthia has just a voice that soars so effortlessly. She is going to be a fantastic Elphaba. Ariana looks so angelic and having to let go of the singer image of Ariana, she is for me perfect for Glinda.
  • omg, I cried seeing Ariana and Cynthia crying… I love them so much 🩷💚
  • @cocojoco5492
    Okay but “Wicked” being both green AND pink made me tear up 😭😭😭💖💚
  • @DBSU87
    ngl ariana grande's reaction after getting the role made me sob a bit 🥹