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Jeff Goldblum in Early Talks to Play Wizard in Universal’s ‘Wicked’ Movie Musical

Jeff Goldblum is in talks to star as the Wizard in Universal’s upcoming adaptation of Broadway mainstay Wicked.  If the deal makes, the Jurassic Park star will join Ariana Grande, Cynthia Erivo and Bridgerton star Jonathan Bailey on the roll call. Jon M. Chu is directing the big-screen adaptation, which is being divided up into […]

‘Wicked’ Director Jon M. Chu Confirms ‘Bridgerton’ Star Jonathan Bailey Has Been Cast

Bridgerton star Jonathan Bailey has been cast opposite Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo in the upcoming Wicked movie, director Jon M. Chu confirmed Wednesday.  Bailey is a recurring lead in the Netflix Bridgerton series, where he plays Anthony Bridgerton, and has also appeared onstage, most recently in the West End production of Mike Bartlett’s play […]

Amanda Seyfried Says She “Bent Over Backwards” to Audition for ‘Wicked’ Movie Role

Amanda Seyfried is looking back at auditioning for Wicked. In a conversation with Backstage, the actress reflected on auditioning for the role of Glinda in Universal’s upcoming adaptation of the hit musical, while filming the Hulu series The Dropout. “I have dreams that I’m still auditioning for Wicked. Last summer while I was playing Elizabeth [on The […]

NBCUniversal, Film London and London’s Mayor Launch Inclusive Movie Industry Training Partnership

Young Londoners from underrepresented communities will work in various creative disciplines behind the camera on Universal U.K. productions including Wicked and Fast X, through a new partnership between NBCUniversal, Film London and London’s Mayor’s office. The partnership effectively combines NBCU’s Below-the-Line Traineeship program, which launched in 2021 to provide on and off-the-job training and mentorship; and Film London’s Equal Access Network […]

‘Wicked’ Split Into Two Movies as Universal Unveils Release Dates

“One Short Day” in the Emerald City is turning into two longer stays.  The Wicked film will now come to theaters as two films, rather than one production, director Jon M. Chu announced Tuesday. The first film has set a premiere date of December 2024, with the second premiering the following Christmas.  “As we prepared […]

‘Wicked’ Star Brittney Johnson on Her Journey to Becoming the First Black Glinda

From the time Brittney Johnson was at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, she knew she wanted to be in Wicked. She just needed an audition. “I graduated college and got my agent, and they were like, ‘What do you want to do?’ I said, ‘Wicked,'” the actress tells The Hollywood Reporter. “But […]

‘Wicked’ Names Brittney Johnson Broadway’s First Black Glinda

Brittney Johnson and Broadway’s Wicked are making history yet again. The 31-year-old actress has spelled her way into the role of Glinda the Good in the fifth-longest-running Broadway show ever, marking the first time a Black actress has assumed the leading part. She will begin her historic portrayal at Broadway’s Gershwin Theatre on Feb. 14, […]

‘Wicked’: Fans Petition Producers to Not Cast James Corden in Movie Adaptation

Fans are petitioning producers behind a movie adaptation of the hit musical Wicked to not cast James Corden. The petition, posted on Change.org and addressed directly to Universal, which is producing the film, has racked up over 21,000 signatures already. The petition states simply: “James Corden in no way shape or form should be in […]

‘Wicked’ Movie to Star Cynthia Erivo and Ariana Grande

Wicked has found its leads. Cynthia Erivo and Ariana Grande will star in Universal’s adaptation of the hit musical that is to be directed by Crazy Rich Asians filmmaker Jon M. Chu. Erivo will play Elphaba while Grande will play Glinda. A Wicked film has been in the works at Universal since 2004, a year […]

Producer Cameron Mackintosh Clarifies Comments on Trans Casting After Alexandra Billings Says Trans Actors Are Not “A Gimmick”

West End producer Cameron Mackintosh is clarifying statements published in a Telegraph interview seemingly calling the casting of trans actors in roles not explicitly written as trans a “gimmick,” following online backlash which included a lengthy response by Broadway star and Transparent actress Alexandra Billings. Mackintosh posted a statement on Twitter, writing that his response […]

‘Hamilton,’ ‘Lion King’ and ‘Wicked’ Set Broadway Returns

The cast of Hamilton is telling their story on Broadway again. The Lin-Manuel Miranda-created hit production announced on Tuesday that it will return to Manhattan’s Richard Rodgers Theatre when Broadway reopens Sept. 14. Also on Wednesday, fellow Tony Award-winning musicals The Lion King and Wicked announced they will return to their respective stages, at the […]