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"Wicked" Official Trailer Is Here


Thu 16 May 2024 | 10:16 AM
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Yara Sameh

The official trailer for American singer-actress Ariana Grande and English superstar Cynthia Erivo's upcoming movie adaptation of the hit Broadway musical “Wicked” has been unveiled. 

"Wicked" is centered around the witches from the land of Oz and the unlikely friendship that is formed between The Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch.

The musical is based on the 1995 novel “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West” by Gregory Maguire, which itself is a retelling of the 1900 L. Frank Baum’s classic “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”, is told from the perspective of the witches.

The adaptation is a prequel to “The Wizard of Oz” and recounts everything that happened before Dorothy sauntered down that iconic yellow brick road — and tells the story of the unlikely friendship between Elphaba, who later becomes the Wicked Witch of the West, and Glinda, known as the Good Witch.

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In the trailer, Elphaba meets her roommate Glinda, and gets gifted her signature black witch hat. Later, as Elphaba comes into her powers, she travels with Glinda to the Emerald City and comes face-to-face with the Wizard (played by Jeff Goldblum). There are also flying monkeys, yellow bricks, silver slippers, and plenty of pink and green.

All the while, trouble rises in Oz as the Great and Terrible conjures a plan to turn the citizens against Elphaba, who discovers the Wizard has no real magical abilities. 

“The best way to bring folks together is to give ’em a really good enemy,” the Wizard says. Elphaba counters: “It’s the Wizard who should be afraid of me.”

Americana Screenwriter Winnie Holsman and composer Steven Schwartz are adapting the new musical movie, with Jon M. Chu helming.

The cast also features Grande as Glinda the Good Witch, Erivo as Elphaba the Wicked Witch of the West, Jonathan Bailey as Fiyero, Jeff Goldblum as the Wizard, Michelle Yeoh as Madame Morrible, and Ethan Slater as Boq.

“Wicked” marks Grande and Erivo's comeback to Broadway. The “7 Rings” pop star got her start in the 2008 Broadway musical 13 as a teenager before breaking out on Nickelodeon’s “Victorious”. Erivo won the 2016 Tony Award for best performance by a leading actress in a musical for her portrayal of Celie in “The Color Purple”.

Grande’s love for the production has been well-documented over the years, including her explosive performance of “The Wizard and I” on NBC’s “A Very Wicked Halloween” in 2018.

“Wicked” is divided into two parts. The first installment is slated to hit theaters on November 27, with the second installment set to release on December 25, 2025.