EYNTK about the Wicked movie

We all know by now that the Wicked movie has been given the green light (yay!), and that the leads have already been cast - Ariana Grande will be portraying the character of Glinda the Good Witch, and Cynthia Erivo will be playing Elphaba aka the Wicked Witch of the West. While the news of the film has been pretty public for some time now, we're slowly getting more and more details about the adaptation. Exciting!

So, while we *impatiently* wait for what's probably going to be one of the biggest movies around when it's released, let's recap on what we know about it so far. Here's everything you need to know about Wicked, including cast updates, release date, filming schedules and more...

Wicked - Who will star in the movie?

OK, so we already know Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo have bagged the main roles, and that the Broadway OG Elphaba, Idina Menzel has congratulated the pair. Back in November 2021 when the news was announced, she took to Twitter to share her excitement.

"Congrats to two amazing women. May it change your lives for the better forever and ever as it has for us. So much love," she wrote.

But alongside these two girl bosses, we don't know much about the rest of the cast. Only that Bridgerton's Jonathan Bailey will play Fiyero, Elphaba's love interest. Recently confirming the news, director Jon M. Chu tweeted: "He’s perfect, they’re perfect. They’d be perfect together. Born to be forever….. I am too excited to pretend this hasn’t been happening. We have a Fiyero!!!! #JonathanBailey #Wicked."

Who is directing the movie?

As just mentioned, Jon M. Chu will be directing the film adaptation of Wicked. While it was originally meant to be Tony Award-winner Stephen Daldry, Chu took over the role after Daldry officially stepped down from the production in 2020.

Chu's credits include Crazy Rich Asians and Broadway's film adaptation of In the Heights. He'll also be joined by some of the people from the original Broadway musical, most notably Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman, who co-wrote the music and lyrics. They're reportedly adapting the screenplay, while Marc Platt will produce.

Has filming started yet?

According to Entertainment Tonight, rehearsals for the film started in July. Speaking directly with the publication, Erivo said: "We go into rehearsals in July, and then it's off to the races. It's starting, people!"

And per the Hollywood Reporter, they revealed that filming was supposed to take place in Atlanta, but has since been relocated to the newly built Universal Sky Studios in Elstree. Um, does this mean we'll see Ari and Cynthia out and about in London together?! But while rehearsals have only really just begun, we can only imagine that filming will start towards the end of the year.

When will Wicked be released?

Are you ready for this one? OK, so, the film was originally meant to be released on the 22nd of December 2021, but due to production delays related to COVID-19, everything was pushed back.

And back in April, Chu released a statement that revealed there'll be not one Wicked movie, but two. Yep, you heard it right the first time! Explaining that they'll be released "on successive Christmas holidays beginning December 2024," he also wrote: "Here's what happened: as we prepared this production over the last year, it became increasingly clear that it would be impossible to wrestle the story of WICKED into a single film without doing some real damage to it."

"As we tried to cut songs or trim characters, those decisions began to feel like fatal compromises to the source material that has entertained us all for so many years," he continued. "So we decided to give ourselves a bigger canvas and make not just one WICKED movie but TWO!!!! With more space, we can tell the story of WICKED as it was meant to be told while bringing even more depth and surprises to the journeys of these beloved characters."

Is there a trailer?

Due to rehearsals only just beginning, it's unlikely we'll see a trailer for the movie for quite some time. But we're pretty sure we can count on the cast to share updates on their social media from time to time. Fingers crossed!

Will it be different from the musical?

We can confirm that the Wicked movie will be slightly different to the Broadway musical. Talking on the red carpet at the 2022 SAG Awards, Erivo also told ET: "I think it's going to be unlike anything you've ever seen before. I think we're going to enjoy the magic of it. We're going to try and put our own spin on what we know already and show you a story about two women [who] are sisters."

OK, it's *official* - 2024 can't come quick enough.

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