Peter Dinklage is the literal GOAT, will play Dr. Dillamond in “Wicked”

Peter Dinklage is the literal GOAT, will play Dr. Dillamond in “Wicked”
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Something thrilling is happening in Oz...

Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) will voice Dr. Dillamond in the big-screen adaptation of Wicked, Universal announced Wednesday afternoon at CinemaCon.

Dr. Dillamond, a goat who teaches Elphaba history at Shiz University, has a small but crucial role in Wicked. He is the first to tell Elphaba (Cynthia Erivo) of rising dark forces threatening the speaking animals of Oz, including himself. He sings the song "Something Bad" to detail the ominous signs to her, struggling to maintain control over his speech with his "bads" erupting into sudden bleats.

Dinklage has extended credits on both stage and screen, but it is rare to see him sign on for a musical. Though he did star as the title character in a musicalized version of Cyrano de Bergerac called simply Cyrano.

<p>Monica Schipper/WireImage</p> Peter Dinklage

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Peter Dinklage

Many on the internet have speculated about who might play Dr. Dillamond, with many citing his absence from casting notices and the first teaser trailer released during the Super Bowl. Some even posited that the character might have been cut from the film.

Wicked, based on the smash-hit musical of the same name, tells the tale of two witches of Oz, Elphaba, who will become the Wicked Witch of the West, and Glinda (Ariana Grande), originally named Galinda. A prequel to The Wizard of Oz and based on the book by Gregory Maguire, Wicked charts the unlikely friendship between the two women as magic, love, and the future of Oz hang in the balance.

"This movie has everything: giant musical numbers, big action pieces. And using a classic story you all know, the Wizard of Oz," director Jon M. Chu teased at the 2023 CinemaCon. "And at the end of the day, it's actually not about those things. It's about change and [how] it's necessary for things to get better."

Wicked will be divided into two films. Part One is scheduled to fly into theaters on Nov. 27 (Part Two will come Nov. 26, 2025).

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