Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo to Star in ‘Wicked’ Musical Motion picture

Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo are soon to be defying gravity.

Grande and Erivo will portray Glinda and Elphaba, respectively, in Universal’s big-monitor adaptation of the Tony-profitable musical helmed by “In the Heights” director Jon M. Chu. He has been hooked up to the undertaking since February, and casting rumors for the film’s two main roles have been swirling for months.

The stars declared their castings in respective Instagram posts on Thursday evening.

“Dear Cynthia, honored does not even get started to deal with it. I are unable to hold out to hug you. See you in Oz,” Grande wrote in a information to Erivo, sent with a pink and inexperienced floral arrangement (the signature colors of Glinda and Elphaba).

Each stars are genuine multi-hyphenates, with Grammy-successful pop star Grande finding her start out on Broadway in the musical “13” and performing in reveals like “Victorious” and Adam McKay’s impending film “Don’t Look Up.” Erivo, on the other hand, is in close proximity to EGOT position — owning gained a Tony, Grammy and daytime Emmy award for her function as Celie in the 2015-2017 revival of “The Colour Purple.”

A prequel to “The Wizard of Oz,” “Wicked” tells the tale of almost everything primary up to Dorothy’s arrival in Oz. In its unique Broadway operate, Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth portrayed frenemies Elphaba, who would become the Wicked Witch of the West, and Glinda the Great Witch. With Broadway theaters reopening right after a long pause thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, “Wicked” has lately resumed its stay performances.

The “Wicked” movie adaptation has been a lengthy time coming, and was most not long ago stalled by Stephen Daldry’s departure as director past Oct because of to scheduling conflicts. Stephen Schwartz, who penned the music and lyrics to the Broadway exhibit, is adapting the screenplay with Winnie Holzman. Marc Platt, who made the Broadway musical, is set to also deliver the movie.

Enjoy this iconic general performance of the musical’s track ‘The Wizard and I’ as done by Grande in 2018. out?v=QWvbSxKeceo

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