Get ready to melt back into the fantastical Land of Oz because the iconic musical Wicked is finally gracing the silver screen! After enchanting audiences for two decades on stage, this beloved story about misunderstood witches and unlikely friendships is soaring into theatres later this year and the next, promising a cinematic event like no other.
Launched to an estimated 120 million viewers before the start of Super Bowl, the trailer for Part 1 of Wicked has dropped giving us a taste of how the stage show will translate to the cinema.
Prepare to be swept away by the powerful vocals of Cynthia Erivo (the dazzling Elphaba) and Ariana Grande (the effervescent Glinda) as they bring these complex characters to life.
Grande dropped a clever hint about the impending launch two weeks ago on Instagram when posted a silhouette of Glinda with the caption “like a handprint on my heart.” The actress who played Glinda in the original Bradway cast of Wicked Kristin Chenoweth commented, “Handprint for sure.”
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But Wicked isn’t just another trip down the yellow brick road. It’s a cracker of a yarn about being yourself, smashing stereotypes, and owning your inner magic. Be prepared to question everything you thought you knew about good and evil (and the Wizard of Oz), as Elphaba’s emerald skin becomes a badge of honour, not a curse.
And the magic doesn’t stop there! This star-studded extravaganza boasts a cast hotter than a barbie on Boxing Day. We’re talking the legendary Michelle Yeoh as the formidable Madame Morrible, Jonathan Bailey as the charming yet conflicted Fiyero, and even pop icon Jeff Goldblum as the enigmatic Wizard. Plus, keep your eyes peeled for new characters like Miss Coddle, played by the Tony-nominated Keala Settle, and the scheming duo of Pfannee and ShenShen, brought to life by Bowen Yang and Bronwyn James.
Directed by the visionary Jon M. Chu (remember “Crazy Rich Asians” and “In the Heights”?), Wicked promises to be a visual feast fit for a queen. Imagine being transported to a world bursting with vibrant colours, fantastical creatures, and musical numbers that’ll have you tapping your heels faster than a budgie on speed. And those iconic green and pink costumes? Get ready to see them reimagined for the big screen in all their dazzling glory.
This cinematic event is just the first act in a two-part extravaganza. Mark your calendars for November 28th, 2024 for Part 1 and November 27th, 2025, when “Wicked Part Two” hits theatres, promising even more adventures and emotional twists.
So, whether you’re a die-hard “Wicked” fan or just looking for a heartwarming and thought-provoking cinematic escape, don’t miss your chance to experience this cultural phenomenon.
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Last Updated on Feb 12, 2024