If you love The Wizard of Oz and the Broadway musical “Wicked,” then get ready for the great news- there’s a Wicked movie adaptation in production. “Wicked,” an alternate telling of “The Wizard of Oz,” is based on the popular novel “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West,” published in 1995 by Gregory Maguire. It’s been a decade since producers from the Broadway musical “Wicked” first began meeting with filmmakers to talk about making a movie adaptation, so today’s announcement that production has started should come as a great relief to fans. And what a relief it is. A decade of waiting is enough to make anyone want to jump up and down, but the fact that it’s been more than twenty years since the first stirrings of production- in 2000, when New Line Cinema approached Mark and Stephanie Brown with an offer to make a movie of “Wicked”- must mean that something truly special is being made. According to Entertainment Weekly, the identity of the Wicked Witch will be one of those details audiences won’t see coming.
Who is in the cast?
- Michelle Yeoh will be Madame Morrible
- Jeff Goldblum will be as Wizard
- Jonathan Bailey will be as Fiyero
- Ariana Grande will be as Glinda
- Cynthia Erivo will be as Elphaba
- Keala Settle will be Miss Coddle
- Bowen Yang will be as Pfannee
- Bronwyn James will be as ShenShen
- Colin Michael Carmichael will be Nikidik
- Ethan Slater will be as Boq
- Marissa Bode will be as Nessarose
- Aaron Teoh Guan Ti will be as Avaric
No confirmed release date has been announced yet. As the film is currently in production but it is expected to be released on December 25, 2024.
What is the film about?
“Wicked” will tell the story of the Wicked Witch of the West, a green-skinned, terrible old woman who is Maleficent, a powerful sorceress. She had been exiled to the Land of Oz over two hundred years before Dorothy’s arrival. Maleficent is jealous of Dorothy’s journey in Oz and sets out to make her visit long and difficult. It is also rumored that there will be an appearance by The Tin Man and maybe even Scarecrow. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Broadway musical, the story of Wicked is really about a friendship between two women, Elphaba (the Wicked Witch) and Glinda. These two women meet at Shiz University, where Elphaba is an outcast for her green skin. Elphaba ends up being the best friend that Glinda has ever had, making Glinda feel like she’s never before truly been seen or understood by anyone. But when a terrible misunderstanding drives Elphaba away from Oz, she becomes a villain in everyone’s eyes but Glinda’s.
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What fans are expecting from the film?
The Wicked movie, which is being directed by Jon M. Chu has been in the works for a long time, and fans of the story have had a lot of time to think about how it could be adapted. The Broadway show itself has only grown in popularity over the years, with people from all walks of life loving Elphaba’s angry defiance and Glinda’s savvy charm. The play’s been translated into dozens of languages and seen by millions. No matter what happens with the movie, fans are sure to be delighted that their favorite story is finally getting some long-deserved attention.
What makes it exciting?
The thing that makes Wicked exciting is the conflict. The movie won’t just be a retelling of its musical plot, but we already know that it will be a story about female friendship. Making the two women friends will require some great acting skills, as will making it clear that the characters are good friends despite their differences. And while there’s something to be said for a good old-fashioned re-telling of an old story, having an original take on a familiar tale can bring new life to the material and make it more exciting than ever.
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