She will play Glinda, the Good Witch of the South, facing Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, played by Cynthia Erivo. They are taken from the universe of the Wizard of Oz.
Musical comedy Wicked, taken from the novel by Gregory Maguire Wicked: The True Story of the Wicked Witch of the West, will soon abandon the Broadway boards for the cinema screens: Universal indeed announces an adaptation of the story inspired by the universe of the Wizard of Oz, focusing on the two friendly witches then enemies Glinda and Elphaba. And to play this duo, two actresses have just been chosen. This is’Ariana Grande and of Cynthia Erivo.
Goooood Newwwws !!! The incredible #CynthiaErivo and @Ariana Grande will be our Elphaba and Galinda in @WickedMovie @UniversalPics Get ready for a match up like you’ve never seen !!! In pink and green !!! pic.twitter.com/t1eH82mCe7
– Jon M. Chu (@jonmchu) November 5, 2021
Led by John M. Chu, director behind Crazy Rich Asians and Where we come from, the two women will take on the roles of Glinda for Grande and Elphaba for Erivo respectively.
This news, shared by Chu on Twitter, showed fans the joy the two actresses felt. A joy that is explained, especially concerning Ariana Grande, for what this role represents: in 2011, the international pop-star wrote on her Twitter account how much she dreamed of having the role of Glinda at least once in her life.
Loved seeing Wicked again … amazing production! Made me realize again how badly I want 2 play Glinda at some point in my life! #DreamRole
– Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) December 2, 2011
Production on the new adaptation is slated to begin in summer 2022. It will be produced by Marc Platt through his Universal-based company Marc Platt Productions. Erik Baiers, Senior Executive Vice President of Production, and Lexi Barta, Vice President of Production Development, will oversee the project on behalf of Universal Pictures. The rest of the cast has yet to be announced.
As a reminder, the story of Wicked puts in situation the characters invented by L. Franck Baum in The Wizard of Oz, and is interested in the character of the Wicked Witch of the West. Its name is also taken from its creator: Elphaba comes in El (for L.), Pha (from Frank) and Ba (from Baum). The plot revolves around her family, her youth and her friendship with Glinda, before they become enemies, long before Dorothy’s arrival.