All The Magical Updates Fans Need To Know
Before the time that was/is hamiltonthe production that captured the hearts and minds of musical theater fans around the world for years was Bad.
If you think back to 2003 (yes, that long ago), you might remember the absolute tsunami of attention this little musical about the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good received.
the Bad musical production, based on the novel by Gregory Maguire Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, has landed some 64 nominations over the years. This includes 10 Tony Award nominations and three Tony wins.
The final chapter in this Wicked tale, however, is that the musical production is being adapted into a movie (a couple, actually). Here’s what we know about the Wicked movies so far.
What is Wicked about?
If you’ve missed the hype over the years, Bad is – as mentioned – about the central witches that appear in The Wizard of Oz. That would be Elphaba (the Wicked Witch of the West) and Glinda the Good Witch.
Elphaba is a green-skinned witch who doesn’t really fit in due to her greenness and outspoken nature. She discovers the corruption in Oz (gasp!) and Glinda, who is old college friends with Elphaba, is torn apart by the drama.
The synopsis reads as follows:
The story of how a green-skinned woman mentored by the Wizard of Oz becomes the Wicked Witch of the West; feature film based on the Broadway musical.
Who has been cast in the Wicked movies?
So far we know that the Bad the film is led by a few powerful talents. Cynthia Erivo (Harriet) was chosen as Elphaba and Ariana Grande (Don’t look up) plays Glinda.
That’s about all we know about the cast right now. While we can tell there’s been a very strong argument from music fans stating they don’t want James Corden to star in this movie – there’s a whole petition begging that doesn’t happen .
Behind the camera, we have the director Jon M Chu who brought us recent hits boobies rich asian and In the heights. This Bad the movie lineup looks pretty impressive so far, doesn’t it?
What else do we know about the Wicked movies?
On April 27, director Jon M. Chu announced that there would be a change in approach to the film Wicked.
He announced that squeezing the story into one movie wouldn’t work, so they’re doing two movies.
“As we prepared for production over the past year, it became impossible to turn the story of ‘Wicked’ into a single movie without causing real damage to it,” Chu wrote in a statement on the update. day.
“As we tried to cut songs or cut characters, those decisions started to feel like fatal compromises to the source material that has entertained us all for so many years. We decided to give ourselves a bigger canvas and not just do 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 surprise to the journeys of these beloved characters.
— Jon M. Chu (@jonmchu) April 26, 2022
When can we expect a release date?
For the first of the films, Naughty – Part OneIMDb says the expected release date is December 25, 2024. Naughty – Part Two should be released exactly one year later December 25, 2025.
This article has been updated from its original publication date.