No, it’s no joke, at long last, the blockbuster Broadway musical Wicked is finally getting a feature film adaption. Soon, you’ll be able to see the tale of Elphaba and her friend Galinda before they became the hated and beloved characters of the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good, on the big screen. Universal Pictures announced on February 8 that the scheduled opening for the movie is Dec. 22, 2021.
The wickedly good musical has always run on Broadway since its debut back in 2003. This story is a revisionist take on a prequel to the Wizard of Oz as seen through the eyes of some of the most “Popular” witches around.
Back in 2004, Idina Menzel won a Tony Award for her performance as Elphaba. One of her most memorable moments is her rendition of “Defying Gravity.”
Wicked is also the second-highest grossing Broadway show in history. Passing $1 billion in total in 2016, it is second only to The Lion King.
Productions of the show have spawned worldwide, from London’s West end to countries such as Australia, Japan, Mexico, Germany Brazil and even South Korea.
Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot) is in line to direct the long-awaited feature film from a screenplay written by Winnie Holzman (My So-Called Life) as well as Stephen Schwartz (Godspell) who respectively wrote the book, and the music for the original Broadway musical.
Fans of Wicked are Singing “Thank Goodness” for the Good News
The cast still needs casting, and it won’t happen for some time. However, that hasn’t stopped fans of Wicked from sharing their overwhelming excitement for the news.
Twitter has exploded in a variety of excited tweets from fans screaming in joy over the news. Some of the fans had rather specific feelings in regards to how parts of the show should say certain lines.
Fans have also started significant speculation about who the cast could be. So many have asked, or more like demanded, that Lea Michele is cast as the loveable Elphaba.
Some have even started connecting possibly linked coincidences between Ariana’s recently dropped album with this announcement. Especially since Grande, a major Wicked fan, performed the single “The Wizard and I” From the show just last year.
No matter what happens, the casting choice is going to be an exciting decision for directors to make.