After years of being in development, the Wicked movie has finally found its leading ladies. Cynthia Erivo and Ariana Grande will star in Universal’s adaptation of the hit musical being directed by Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians). Erivo is playing Elphaba, while Grande is playing Glinda.
The news was shared by the duo over social media, with the actresses sharing videos of their reactions on Instagram. Both Grande and Erivo also shared photos of flower arrangements they sent to one another expressing their excitement over working together.
Wicked has been in development since 2004 when Universal first announced its plan to bring the hit musical to the big screen, just a year after the Broadway musical debuted. The story is based on the 1995 novel of the same name by author Gregory Maguire and is a take on Wizard of Oz. It tells the story of the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch.
Production is set to kick off in Summer 2022 in the UK.