First “Wicked” Trailer Finds Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo Getting Witchy With It
The Big Game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers also brought out some new trailers for this year’s biggest films. Those included Deadpool & Wolverine, Twisters, and director John M. Chu’s Wicked.
Chu’s Wicked is the first big-screen adaptation of one of the most successful Broadway shows of the 21st century, and he’s got the help of two otherworldly talents. The first is Emmy, Grammy, and Tony-winner Cynthia Erivo, playing Elphaba, a young woman who has endured plenty of poor treatment due to her unusual green skin. The second is the Grammy-winning, multiple-platinum superstar Ariana Grande as Glinda, a cosseted young woman whose popularity, secured by privilege and super-charged by her ambition, has masked her true self.
The trailer reveals Chu’s movie musical’s major number, “Defying Gravity,” Wicked‘s major anthem, as we’re introduced to Elphaba and Glinda. The two will cross paths at Shiz University in Oz, where an unlikely but profound friendship will blossom and will take on epic, potentially tragic proportions after a meeting with the Wonderful Wizard of Oz. What happens here is what ultimately sets them on the path of becoming Glinda the Good Witch and the Wicked Witch of the West.
The material is based on Gregory Maguire’s novel, set before Dorothy arrives in Oz, with a story that helps restore the Wicked Witch of the West’s humanity in the incredible person of Elphaba. Joining Erivo and Grande are Michelle Yeoh as Madame Morrible, Jonathan Bailey as Fiyero Tigelaar, Ethan Slater as Boq, Bowen Yang as Pfannee, and Jeff Goldblum as the Wizard of Oz.
Check out the trailer below. Wicked enchants in theaters this Thanksgiving:
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Featured image: A poster for Universal Pictures’ “Wicked.”