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Wicked Follows the Yellow Brick Road to Hollywood

Will Hollywood ever be that same after the phenomenon that is Elphaba and G’linda?

December 20, 2019. Write that down. The musical Wicked comes to the silver screen! You read it right. Wicked, the story by Gregory Magurie that follows the story of G’linda the Good Witch and Elphaba the Wicked Witch (before she was wicked), is getting a big screen adaptation. Marc Platt Productions (the same company that is bringing us Mary Poppins Returns) has tapped Winnie Holzman (screenplay as well as musical book), Gregory Maguire, Stephen Schwartz (Music & Lyrics), Wayne Cilento (Choreographer) and of course, as director, Stephen Daldry.

I’ve seen the touring show twice (I will happily admit that my background is musical theatre), loved every minute of the show, and I can’t wait to see what Daldry has in store for us.

The date has been confirmed via IMDBpro, and the movie is in development. No cast has been selected yet, but there has been scuttlebutt that Kristen Chenoweth and Idina Menzel will not be asked to reprise their original roles as G’linda and Elphaba, respectively, due to the Hollywood double standard. Have you noticed it? Hugh Jackman has played Wolverine for sixteen years, yet Storm and Mystique have been recast. (But the timeline there is all buggered up isn’t it?) Robert Downey, Jr. has also been playing Iron Man for quite some time. To be fair, Wicked does take place before The Wizard of Oz therefore the cast would have to be younger.

Are Kristen Chenoweth and Idina Menzel “too old”? What do you think?

Who would you like to see in the roles? Let us know by leaving a comment!

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