On Thursday Universal studio announced that the big screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical and novel “Wicked” will drop on Dec. 20, 2019. The update puts a big question mark over the fact of who will play the story’s two major characters — Glinda and Elphaba on the silver screen.
“Wicked” is based on a 1995 novel written by Gregory Maguire, “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West.” It’s the prequel to “The Wizard of Oz.” The story was narrated from the perception of the witches. The plot focuses on the story of the Wicked Witch of the West—the green-tinged Elphaba—and good witch Glinda in the Land of Oz before Dorothy’s arrival.
Here are 5 potential female actors on the run who could play these two lead characters Glinda and Elphaba, read on to check the list.
#1 Angelina Jolie for Elphaba (she excelled as the evil fairy Maleficent in “Maleficent”)
#2 Anna Kendrick for either Glinda and Elphaba (she is the Cinderella from “Into the Woods”)
#3 Catherine Bell for Glinda ( she played Cassandra Nightingale in “Good Witch’s Wonder”)
#4 Lea Michele for Elphaba ( she voiced the lead character in “Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return”)
#5 Idina Menzel for Elphaba ( she has already played the character in the musical series “Wicked”)
Note: the casting for the much-awaited film has yet to be announced. The list above is partially prepared by referring to the Broadway cast member Kristin Chenoweth via Digital Spy. In fact, we have picked these 5 on the basis of their past involvements in fairy-tale, fantasy, or musical series.
Hollywood Reporter reveals that Stephen Daldry is the name associated with this project almost from the start in 2012. He will be seated in the director’s chair whereas Marc Platt, David Stone, and Universal will look after the production work. Veteran writer Winnie Holzman and composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz will reunite for the film adaptation. The duo teamed up for the Broadway show earlier.
“Wicked” is the popular musical seen by nearly 50 million fans worldwide. It was nominated for 10 Tony Awards and won three. The story definitely has some dark horrific moments. However, the small screen adaptation of the book is a success. The TV version featured a reasonable amount of R-rated content, as well as some non-friendly moments between Glinda and Elphaba.
Now the “Wicked” musical is geared up for a big screen adaptation! Will it trim the story’s wicked edge? Whether the film can live up to the expectation levels of the fans, only time and the premier will reveal.