The first official trailer for the upcoming film adaptation of the beloved musical is here and it’s as magical as we hoped it would be.
Here’s what we know so far.
First performed on Broadway in 2003, the musical is based on the novel Wicked; The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire, a reimagining of the book by L. Frank Baum The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
For those of you unfamiliar with the story, it is told from the perspective of the witches of Oz and chronicles the unlikely friendship between Glinda the Good Witch and Elphaba the Wicked Witch of the West. Brought together as roommates at Shiz University, they initially clash – Glinda is popular and bubbly while Elphaba is reclusive and misunderstood because of her green skin – but they eventually put their differences aside and become good friends. friends. As Grande says it, their relationship is defined by “truly selfless love and friendship.” They are both each other’s first true friend, a person who accepts them for who they are. Erivo agrees. “Once they understand that they are actually different sides of the same coin, they see each other clearly.”
As the story progresses, we learn that Elphaba is not the villain the subsequent film makes her out to be and that it is the wizard who falsely portrays her as a villain to save his own reputation.
According to reports, the upcoming adaptation will largely honor the source material, but there’s one big difference; THE Wicked The film will give Dorothy a much greater presence than the musical (her character is never properly shown in stage productions).
Originally announced as a single film, the project has since been split into two, with the first part ending where the first act of the show ends. “As we prepared for production over the last year, it became increasingly clear that it would be impossible to tackle the story of Wicked in one film without doing any real damage to it,” said director Jon M Chu. previously said about the decision.
“We found it very difficult to get past ‘Defying Gravity’ without interruption. This song is written specifically to bring down the curtain, and whatever scene followed it uninterruptedly seemed extremely disappointing,” added composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz in his newsletter: The Schwartz scene.
“So for those two reasons, plus the excitement of doing something that’s never been done before with a musical, we decided to make two films.”
Filming for part two wrapped last month after production was halted due to strikes in Hollywood.
Besides Grande and Erivo, the film stars many other famous faces, including Academy Award winner Michelle Yeoh and The Bridgerton Chronicles Jonathan Bailey, Jeff Goldblum, Ethan Slater, Marissa Settle, Bronwyn James, Adam Yang and Bowen Yang.
For many, the music is the highlight and you can rest assured that the film will not disappoint on that front with Winnie Holzman and Stephen Schwartz, who wrote the musical and the original music/lyrics respectively, also involved in the adaptation cinematographic. For Tony winner Cynthia Erivo, she’s most excited for fans to hear “For Good” and “The Wizard and I.” “‘For Good’ is one of the most…it’s really special to us,” she said. AND online. “It was just a really special day. We filmed it for a week [and] we felt like it was a lot for both of us, in our hearts, you know?
“And I’m really excited for ‘The Wizard and I’ because it’s an epic moment. There are so many things in there that feel good… There are all really special moments in this movie and even the non-song numbers are really special too.
After months of waiting, we finally get our first look – with the teaser first airing last night during the NFL championship game between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers. Featuring a sample of the song “Defying Gravity”, it introduces us to both Glinda and Elphaba with shots of Shiz University and a bit of the Emerald City as well.
The good news is that Wicked will be released this year. The bad news is that we’ll have to wait until November 27 for part one, with part two scheduled to air a year later in late November/early December 2025.
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