The movie adaptation of Broadway’s “Wicked” has yet recovered its rival witches.
Variety reported Thursday that Cynthia Erivo and Ariana Grande are acceptable to prima successful the long-gestating philharmonic film, which volition beryllium directed by Jon M. Chu. Grande volition play Glinda the Good Witch, portion Erivo volition defy gravity arsenic Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West.
Both stars shared the casting quality connected Thursday with affectional societal media posts depicting the moments erstwhile Chu ― whose credits see “Crazy Rich Asians” and “In the Heights” ― told them each they’d landed the roles.
Based connected Gregory Maguire’s 1995 book, “Wicked” is simply a reimagining of “The Wizard of Oz” arsenic told from the position of Oz’s witches Elphaba and Glinda. The philharmonic debuted successful 2003 and is presently Broadway’s fifth longest-running show.
Many fans were speedy to constituent retired that Grande appeared to foretell her ain casting each the mode backmost successful 2011 aft she caught a show of “Wicked” connected Broadway.
Erivo, a 2020 Oscar nominee for “Harriet,” roseate to fame for her Tony-winning portrayal of Celie successful Broadway’s “The Color Purple” successful 2015. She’ll besides prima arsenic the Blue Fairy successful the live-action mentation of Disney’s “Pinocchio,” which wrapped filming earlier this year.
She’s besides enjoyed a agelong relationship with Broadway’s archetypal Glinda, Kristin Chenoweth. The 2 women were co-stars successful NBC’s “Hairspray Live!” successful 2016 and, 3 years later, sang a duet connected Chenoweth’s medium “For the Girls.” This fall, Chenoweth joined NBC’s “The Voice” arsenic an advisor for Grande’s team.
Idina Menzel, who won a Tony successful 2004 for originating the relation of Elphaba connected Broadway, congratulated Erivo and Grande on Instagram.
“Congrats to 2 astonishing women,” she wrote. “May it alteration your lives for the amended everlastingly and ever arsenic it has for us. So overmuch love.”