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Cynthia Erivo & Ariana Grande Get Witchy In Wicked Trailer

February 12, 2024 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Wicked Image Credit: Universal Pictures

Cynthia Erivo & Ariana Grande are getting magical in the film adaptation of Wicked, and the trailer for the first part is online. Universal Pictures released the first look preview of the musical adaptation, and you can see it below.

The trailer gives us our first full look at Erivo as Elphaba and Grande as Glinda, who will eventually become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good in The Wizard of Oz. We also see Michelle Yeoh as Madame Morrible, the headmistress of Shiz University in Oz, as well as Jeff Goldblum as the Wizard.

The film is based on the musical of the same name, itself adapted from the 1995 Gregory Maguire novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (in turn based on L. Frank Baum’s classic novel). Jon M. Chu directs from a script by Winnie Holzman and Stephen Schwartz, who wrote the musical. It stars Erivo, Grandi, Yeoh, Goldblum, Jonathan Bailey, Ethan Slater, and Marissa Bode. The first part releases on November 27, 2024 with part two releasing on November 26, 2025. It is described as follows:

Wicked, the untold story of the witches of Oz, stars Cynthia Erivo as Elphaba, a young woman, misunderstood because of her unusual green skin, who has yet to discover her true power, and Ariana Grande as Glinda, a popular young woman, gilded by privilege and ambition, who has yet to discover her true heart.

The two meet as students at Shiz University in the fantastical Land of Oz and forge an unlikely but profound friendship. Following an encounter with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, their friendship reaches a crossroads and their lives take very different paths. Glinda’s unflinching desire for popularity sees her seduced by power, while Elphaba’s determination to remain true to herself, and to those around her, will have unexpected and shocking consequences on her future. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfill their destinies as Glinda the Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.

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