Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo to direct Wicked movie
Great news for Bad fans, as it was officially announced that Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo were cast in the new live-action movie. Grande and Erivo will play Glinda and Elphaba respectively in the film Universal, based on Tony’s award-winning musical. The film will be directed by In the heights director Jon M. Chu, who has been attached to the project since February. Casting rumors have been circulating for months about the actresses who would take on the iconic roles.
Grande began her acting career on Broadway in the musical 13 and became better known through her role in the Nickelodeon shows Victorious and Sam & Cat, while also being a successful recording artist in 2013. She is currently expected to appear in Adam mckaythe next movie of Do not seek, featuring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer lawrence. After the casting news was confirmed last night, fans resurfaced a tweet from Grande from 10 years ago where the singer professed the role of Glinda would be. a dream achievement for her.
Erivo also has an impressive resume as she is close to EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) status, having won a Tony for her performance in the Broadway musical adaptation of The color purple. She has also received a Grammy and a Daytime Emmy Award and is known for appearing in films such as Bad times at the El Royale and Harriet. She is also set to star as the Blue Fairy in Disney’s upcoming live-action remake. Pinocchio.
Bad, based on the 1995 book by Gregory Maguire entitled Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, tells the story of the Wizard of Oz from the perspective of the witches of the land of Oz. The musical centers on two unlikely friends, Elphaba (known to the public as the Wicked Witch of the West) and Galinda (whose name would later become Glinda the Good Witch) who struggle against their worldviews, their personalities. and their opposing rivalry for the same love. -the interest. The original musical debuted in San Francisco in 2003 and starred Idina Menzel as Elphaba, for which she won a Tony for Best Actress in a Musical, and Kristin chenoweth like Glinda.
It was recently reported by Collider that production was set to start in March 2022 in Atlanta, but has since been pushed back to June 2022 and will now be filmed in the UK at the new Sky Studios, once construction is complete.
No other casting has been done for the moment. Check out Grande and Erivo’s posts below celebrating the news:
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