Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo cast in the Wicked movie

The Wicked motion picture has actually discovered its 2 lead witches in Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo.

Grande will play Glinda, the Great Witch, a function stemmed by Kristin Chenoweth on Broadway, while Erivo will handle the function of Elphaba, the misconstrued green-skinned Wicked Witch of the West, initially played by Idina Menzel.

The musical is based upon Gregory Maguire’s book of the exact same name, and is a prequel to The Wizard of Oz, following Elphaba and Glinda as competitors turned friends in college, prior to they ultimately splintered apart. The upcoming motion picture is directed by Jon M. Chu, who directed this year’s In the Heights. Stephen Schwartz, who composed the music and lyrics to the musical, and Winnie Holzman, the initial playwright, will adjust the script together.

Erivo and Grande revealed their casting on their particular Instagrams, with screenshots of the 2 starlets on FaceTime and flowers they sent out to each other.

A movie adjustment of Wicked has actually been gone over for several years, and in 2012, Universal Studios revealed that it would be producing the movie with Stephen Daldry as director. In 2016, the movie was set for 2019, however due to production scheduling, the motion picture got stalled (and the notorious Felines motion picture snagged its previous release date). The movie was then postponed once again due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In February 2021, Jon M. Chu took control of as director.

Both starlets have musical comedy experience, with Erivo winning a Tony, Grammy, and daytime Emmy for her function in the revival of The Color Purple. Grande got her start on Broadway, prior to starring on Triumphant on Nickelodeon and releasing her pop profession. Her theater-kid roots have actually never ever left her, however, and she carried out “The Wizard and I” at The Wicked 15th Anniversary Unique. For Grande’s take on Glinda, have a look at her look on pop star Mika’s “Popular Song,” which remixes Glinda’s renowned “Popular.”

Wicked is set to begin production next summer season. No additional casting news has actually been revealed.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.