Wicked Release Date: The enchanting tale of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” penned by L. Frank Baum has charmed audiences for over a century, undergoing numerous adaptations since its 1900 publication. Among the vast renditions, the 1939 film starring Judy Garland reigns as the most iconic, sparking a wave of screen adaptations and TV iterations. The narrative has transcended screens to grace the stage, with notable renditions like “The Wiz” (1974), a soul-infused marvel, standing as one of the few musical adaptations on par with the revered ’39 film. However, amidst these distinguished projects lies a modern rendition that captivated global audiences upon its debut.
“Wicked” (2003) emerged as the “Hamilton” (2015) of the early 2000s, derived from Gregory Maguire’s novel “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West.” This musical masterpiece offered a unique twist on the established lore, diving into the origins of the infamous Wicked Witch. It unveils her transformation into the iconic antagonist and uncovers her intricate connections with beloved characters from the Oz universe. The musical swept the Tony Awards, and its fervent Broadway fans have eagerly awaited its leap onto the silver screen.
Thankfully, the long wait is nearing its end with the impending release of “Wicked” (2024), assembling an accomplished director experienced in Broadway adaptations and a constellation of top-tier talents from the realms of acting and music. Although a year remains until its premiere, “Wicked” stands tall as one of the most anticipated films of 2024, marking the fruition of years of adaptation endeavors. Dive into the insights about the cast, crew, release date, and more for a sneak peek into this Oz-bound journey.
Is There a Trailer for Wicked?
At present, “Wicked” has concluded its stellar cast selection, yet filming and production are yet to commence, thereby lacking any footage to warrant a trailer. The only visual glimpse at the film is a teaser poster unveiled at the 2022 Licensing Expo, featuring a prominent ‘W’ set against a vivid green backdrop.
Will Wicked be Released in Theaters or on Streaming Platforms?
Given the colossal status of the IP and the substantial anticipation surrounding the adaptation, “Wicked” is expected to enchant audiences in theaters rather than on streaming platforms. Although details about a streaming release are distant, speculation suggests a possible debut on Peacock, considering Universal Pictures’ association with the production, potentially in early 2025.
What is the Release Date for Wicked?
Initially slated for a December 25th, 2024 release, “Wicked” underwent a substantial shift, moving up the launch by nearly a month! Marking its grand arrival, the film will now grace screens on Wednesday, November 27, 2024. Fans can relish a musical Thanksgiving treat, bypassing potential competition from blockbuster giants like “Avatar 3” and the third installment of the “Sonic the Hedgehog” series.
What is the Plot of Wicked?
While adhering to the core plot of the original show, “Wicked” ventures into the tale of Elphaba, also known as the Wicked Witch of the West. Born with inexplicable green skin, she navigates a world filled with magical wonders, encountering pivotal characters like Glinda the Good Witch, Prince Fiyero, and the formidable Wizard of Oz. The narrative delves into unexpected paths, shaping Elphaba’s evolution into the villainous persona, offering a fresh and contemporary take on the realm of Oz.
Who is Making Wicked?
Steering the directorial reins for “Wicked” is the acclaimed filmmaker John M. Chu, recognized for the resounding success of “Crazy Rich Asians” (2018) and his adeptness in bringing Tony Award-winning Broadway musicals to cinematic life, notably “In the Heights” (2021). The screenplay remains within the purview of Winnie Holzman, the original stage show’s writer. The production is helmed by Marc Platt (“La La Land”), Brian Popkin (“Requiem: If the Walls Could Talk”), and David Stone (“Swallow”).
The distinguished crew includes cinematographer Alice Brooks (“In the Heights”), production designer Nathan Crowley (“The Greatest Showman”), and costume designer Paul Tazewell (“West Side Story”).
Who is Starring in Wicked?
Departing from the Broadway legends Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth, Cynthia Erivo and Ariana Grande step into the iconic roles of Elphaba and Glinda, respectively. Although Menzel and Chenoweth expressed interest in reprising their roles, the recasting aligns with the characters’ younger personas. Nevertheless, the possibility of a cameo appearance by the seasoned actresses remains open. Erivo and Grande bring their exceptional musical prowess, making them fitting choices for the roles.
Additionally, Academy Award-winner Michelle Yeoh portrays Madame Morrible, the antagonistic headmistress of Shiz University, and Jeff Goldblum breathes life into the enigmatic Wizard of Oz. The ensemble further includes Jonathan Bailey, Keala Settle, Bowen Yang, Bronwyn James, Colin Michael Carmichael, Ethan Slater, Marissa Bode, and Aaron Teoh Guan Ti.
Will Wicked Receive a Sequel?
While the original Broadway play didn’t spawn a continuation, the film adaptation will be bifurcated into a two-part event. The second installment of this epic narrative is slated for Thursday, December 25th, 2025. However, considering the proximity to the next Star Wars film, the sequel’s release might undergo a similar schedule shift as the first film.