Michelle Yeoh Joins The Cast Of Jon M. Chu’s ‘Wicked’ Movies
With films like Dear Evan Hansen and In The Heights coming out in 2021, it appears Hollywood is well into the business of adapting major Broadway musicals for the big screen. Up next, Universal Pictures will adapt Wicked and, as first reported by Variety Oscar frontrunner Michelle Yeoh is the latest name to join the cast of the adaptation.
Yeoh joins Grammy winner Ariana Grande, who will portray Glinda, and Tony Winner Cynthia Erivo, who tackles the role of Elphaba. Bridgerton star Jonathan Bailey will also portray Fiyero in the film. Cinematic icon Jeff Goldblum is in talks to play the Wizard in the film with Broadway star Ethan Slater taking on the role of Boq. In The Heights director, Jon M. Chu will direct the feature. Stephen Schwartz, who wrote both the music and lyrics to the Broadway show, is adapting the script alongside Winnie Holzman (Once and Again). The two-part feature adaptation will release during the Christmas seasons of 2024 and 2025, respectively.
Wicked is a Broadway musical based on the 1995 Gregory Maguire novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, itself a retelling of the classic 1900 novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum and the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. The production tells the story of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, and Glinda, the Good Witch as they struggle through opposing personalities. Its original stars included Frozen star Idina Menzel as Elphaba and Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth as Glinda.
Michelle Yeoh is on an incredible streak of roles in hit films following killer performances in Marvel’s Shang Chi and Everything Everywhere All at Once. Up next, the cinematic legend will star in Avatar: The Way of Water before reteaming with Stephanie Hsu for a Disney+ series titled American Born Chinese. Additionally, Yeoh will star alongside Anthony Ramos and Dominique Fishback in the latest film in the Transformers film franchise.
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