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Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo to Star in WICKED Movie

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In the Heights director Jon M. Chu directs the long-anticipated film adaptation of the hit musical!

Thank Goodness! Academy Award-nominee Cynthia Erivo and international pop sensation and actress Ariana Grande will lead the long-anticipated film adaptation of Wicked!

Erivo will slip into the green skin of the misunderstood protagonist Elphaba while Ariana will take on the role of Glinda.

The stars revealed the news tonight on her Instagram. See their posts here!

In the Heights director Jon M. Chu directs the feature which will reunite him with cinematographer Alice Brooks! Chu had previously directed this summer's film adaptation of In the Heights, which also featured Brooks as Cinematographer.

Erivo made her Broadway debut reprising her starring role as 'Celie' in the critically acclaimed revival of "The Color Purple." She first played the role in 2013 at London's Menier Chocolate Factory and her performance on Broadway earned her several awards, including the Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical, a Grammy award as a principal soloist on original cast recording of "The Color Purple" (Best Musical Theater Album), a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Musical Performance in a Daytime Program, the Drama Desk Award, Theatre World, and Outer Critics Circle Awards. Erivo is also a two-time Academy Award nominee for her leading performance and original song for the film Harriet.

Long before millions of fans fell in love with the singer and actress as Cat Valentine on the hit Nickelodeon show Victorious, Grande began professionally pursuing her musical career at only eight-years-old. She appeared in the original Broadway cast of Jason Robert Brown's 13: The Musical and played Penny Pingleton in the 2016 NBC live telecast of Hairspray. Grande is the winner of two Grammy awards, one Brit Award, two Billboard Music Awards, three American Music Awards, nine MTV Video Music Awards, and 26 Guinness World Records.

The film adaptation of Wicked is being produced by Marc Platt Productions and will feature a screenplay by musical creators Winnie Holzman and Stephen Schwartz.

Before Dorothy, before the flying house, and before the yellow brick road, there was Elphaba and Galinda.

Born with emerald-green skin, Elphaba is smart, fiery, misunderstood and possesses extraordinary talent. When circumstances force her to room with the bubbly blonde and exceptionally popular, Galinda, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships. From the first electrifying note to the final breathtaking moment, Wicked tells the story of Oz that you've never heard.


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