Wicked Trailer Reveals Cinematic Take on a Classic Wizard of Oz Musical Ahead of November Premiere


Wicked, the upcoming big-screen adaptation of the beloved Broadway show that is a prequel to The Wizard of Oz, received its first trailer at Super Bowl LVIII.

It’s a dreamy trailer that gives us our first real look at a cinematic take on one of the most beloved musicals of the last few decades. Of course, the footage also serves as an introduction to some of the music the prequel is known for.

Wicked, which will be a two-part theatrical event, is set to fly into theaters for the first time on November 27, 2024. Wicked: Part Two is currently slated for November 26, 2025.

The film is being directed by Jon M. Chu and stars Cynthia Erivo as Elphaba Thropp, who is better known as the Wicked Witch of the West. Ariana Grande will be joining her as Glinda Upland a.k.a. Glinda the Good. Also joining the cast will be Jonathan Bailey as Fiyero Tigelaar, Jeff Goldblum as the Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Ethan Later as Boq, and Michelle Yeoh as Madame Morrible.

This trailer was a much-anticipated one as we’ve only seen glimpses of both Elphaba and Glinda and that’s about it. What we did know, however, is that The Wicked film is an adaptation of the 2003 Broadway musical with music and lyrics from Stephen Schwartz and book by Winnie Holzman. The play is based on the 1995 Gregory Maguire novel Wicked: The Life and Time of the Wicked Witch of the West, and that is a prequel of sorts for L. Frank Baum’s 1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and the 1939 film from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

If you want an idea of Chu’s directing style and sort of what type of film you can expect from Wicked, you can check out our review of In the Heights, another film that was adapted from a play.

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