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This article is about the flims. For their soundtracks, see Wicked (soundtrack).

Wicked is an upcoming double feature produced by Universal Studios and set to be released on November 22, 2024, and November 26, 2025.[1]

It is based on the critically acclaimed Broadway Musical of the same name and Gregory Maguire’s 1995 novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West.[2] The film is directed by Jon M. Chu known for directing the 2021 movie adaptation of In The Heights, a movie that Ariana loved and for which she also participated in the promo campaign.[3]

Synopsis[]

When Elphaba encounters obstacles when entering her school, she meets Glinda, a cheerful yet preppy schoolgirl, and they become best friends. She then meets the Wizard of Oz, who promises to help her become a witch.

In an alternate look at the land of Oz, the true heroine is wrongfully cast as the "wicked" witch and actually turns out to be a freedom fighter who battles against the wizard for her homeland.

Background[]

Wicked

Ariana via Instagram on November 4, 2021.

On November 4, 2021 Ariana posted on Instagram a photo of herself in front of a laptop, covering her face and captioned 'thank goodness'. She also tagged 3 people, including Wicked's Instagram account. It has been confirmed that Ariana will be in the upcoming movie, portraying her dream role, Glinda.

After word spread about her casting, fans started looking back at old tweets. Said in a tweet Grande had posted in 2011, 'Loved seeing Wicked again...amazing production! Made me realize again how badly I want to 2 play Glinda at some point in my life! #DreamRole'.

On April 26, 2022 Jon M. Chu announced via the Instagram account of the movie that there will be 2 movies released in 2024 and 2025, both set to be released for Christmas.

The production of both movies (as they were originally planned to be one movie) started on December 7, 2022. On March 14, 2023, it was announced by the director that the movie's released date was moved to November 27, 2024 instead of December 25, 2024.

On March 17, 2023, Jon M. Chu posted on twitter announcing their about halfway through the filming Wicked. On April 3, 2023, Ariana Grande shared an emotional Instagram post, once again confirming that production of the film is at the half-way mark.[4] The caption reads, "halfway. savoring every millisecond left with my Glinda (although she’ll be with me irrevocably, forever)...i am so grateful, i don’t know what to do or say… to be here in Oz where everyday is a life changing one...to be feeling, learning and growing so much at such a disarming speed...to feel so much love around me..."[5] In her post, Ariana mentioned her tremendous gratitude and emphasized her desire to be present during this life-changing experience. She wrote, "i hope this isn’t all a dream because as present as i am attempting to be, it sure does feel like one. happy halfway to this most beautiful crew. my fellow Ozians. my heart will be stuck here forever."[6][7]

On February 10, 2024, Jon M. Chu tweeted, "Happy Saturday!" with a green heart emoji right before the word "Happy" hinting at the Wicked trailer possibly coming out on the following day, Super Bowl LVIII. The day of the game, Jon posted on X again, "Oh, look, it's tomorrow" with a pink heart right after the word "tomorrow" confirming the release of the Wicked trailer during the commercials of Super Bowl LVIII. The trailer was later revealed that day.

On May 13, 2024, Jon M. Chu tweeted the featurette for the film, revealing the footage of when Ariana and Cynthia were cast as their characters along with some sneak peeks for the film. He also announced that the the full trailer will release on May 15th, 2024.[8] The trailer released that day.[9]

Production[]

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Ariana visiting Wicked on broadway on February 19th, 2022.

On November 5, 2021, Jon M. Chu announced that Ariana Grande would be playing Glinda alongside Cynthia Erivo who was cast as Elphaba. In a later announcement, it was announced that the movie was going to be released on November 27, 2024 in theaters. In a later announcement, Jon M. Chu exclaimed that there was going to be cast changes coming on December 2024, and that there was more coming soon.

The second movie of Wicked was announced shortly after. Because the Wicked movie is based entirely on the book written by Gregory MaGuire, the second film will continue the story of Wicked. They decided to cut the movie in half so that viewers wouldn't have to sit through four hours of movies.

On October 11th, 2022, Ariana Grande and the rest of her cast members did their first rehearsal of Wicked, and continued doing rehearsals from then on.

Cast[]

(Credits taken from IMBD.[10])

In Ariana Grande's Instagram post on November 4, 2021, she included a picture of flowers sent by her fellow cast-mate with a note that read, " 'Pink Goes With Green' Congratulations Miss A. The Part Was Made For You. I Look Forward To Sharing This Musical Journey With You. Love, Cynthia"

Cynthia had also posted a picture the same day on her Instagram of flowers sent by Ariana. It had read, 'Dear Cynthia, honored doesn't even begin to cover it. I cannot wait to hug you. See you in Oz. All of my Love, Ari'.

Trivia[]

  • The filming of Wicked concluded on January 26, 2024.
  • More than 9 million tulips were planted by hand on set.
  • Re-shoots took place in early 2024 where Grande went back to London for a week.
  • Both Ariana and Cynthia were interviewed by Vanity Fair to talk about they're experiences filming the movie. You can read the interview here.

Gallery[]

Crew[]

Production[]

  • Marc Platt (producer)
  • Brian Popkin (line producer)
  • David Stone (producer)

Cinematrography[]

  • Alice Brooks (cinematographer)

Casting[]

  • Tiffany Little Canfield
  • Bernard Telsey

Production Design[]

  • Nathan Crowley

Art Direction[]

  • Ben Collins (supervising art director)
  • Gavin Fitch (senior art director)
  • Jordana Finkel (art director)
  • Sarah Ginn (art director)
  • Hugh McClelland (art director)
  • Quinn Robinson (art director)
  • Luke Sanders (art director)

Costume Design[]

  • Paul Tazewell (costume designer)

Makeup Department[]

  • Laura Blount (crowd hair and make-up supervisor)
  • Karen Cohen (key make-up & hair supervisor)
  • Frances Hannon (hair, make-up, & prosthetics designer)
  • Alex Holmes (hair and makeup junior)
  • Nicola Sacks (daily crowd hair and makeup trainee)
  • Sarah Blair (hair and makeup trainee, main team)
  • Becky Sheridan (junior makeup artist, main team)
  • Sinead Sweeney (SFXcContact lens optician)

Production Management[]

  • Miranda Marks
  • Luca Edo Russot

Assistant Director[]

  • Jack Ravenscroft

Art Department[]

  • Alex Abelman (supervising carpenter)
  • Andy Adams (set sec painter)
  • David Allcock (storyboard artist)
  • Nicola Bisello (set dec coordinator)
  • Martin Brown (standby stagehand)
  • Jack Cave (senior modelmaker)
  • Andy Challis (hod rigger)
  • Charlotte Charik (construction coordinator)
  • Deano Harry Coldham (plasterer)
  • John Colebourn (storyboard artist)
  • Dan Crawshaw (chargehand dressing props)
  • Scott Creane (carpenter)
  • Claudia Dance-Wells (model maker: art department)
  • Quentin Davies (props storeman)
  • Maggie Ditré (assistant art director)
  • Gerard Dunleavy (concept artist)
Scot Erb senior model maker
Teri Fairhurst assistant art director
Tessa Flanagan Draughtsperson
Pip Fox assistant property master
Marianne Gallagher 3D CAD Propmaking
Lara Genovese set designer
Turlo Griffin concept artist
Mark Haydon Chargehand Carpenter
Ida Fly Hedqvist On set Art Director 2nd Unit
Richard Henley Set Dec Draftsperson
David Hodges Hod Sculptor
Nathan Holt Supervising prop hand (credit only)
Charlie Horwood supervising stand-by props: 2nd unit
Jason Houssein Draughtsperson
Holly Hudson art department assistant
Peter James on set art director
Vincent Jenkins Concept artist
Deborah Jurvis art department coordinator
Philip Keller storyboard artist
Bria Kinter set designer
Karen Krizanovich Art Department Researcher
Alice La Trobe draughtsperson
Chris Lees digital set designer
Anita Ley art department production assistant
Matt Lowde Riggers Labourer
Tom Mouland carpenter
Duncan Mude supervisor miniature modelmaker
Jordan Muir Draughtsperson
Anthony Noble graphic designer
Pietro Nume Concept Artist
Jonathan Opgenhaffen concept artist
David Packard Scenic artist
Maisie Simon Padmore Junior Prop Hand
Joe Patten art department assistant
Claire Peerless assistant art director
Chris Peters hod metalworker
Andy Povey Junior Greensman
Esmeralda Power graphic designer
Michael Pybus assistant art director
Mark Seath construction manager
Pollyanna Seath supervising construction coordinator
Jack Sellers Set Dec Painter
Shona sharma art department assistant
Dean Sherriff concept designer
Robert Shillibeer carpenter
Ryan Sinnott Standby Carpenter
Oliver Smith Action Prop Buyer
George Sparks prop hand
Talia Spencer concept illustrator
Tom Stacey Greensman
Harry Taylor Draughtsman
Conrad Tuffin HOD Greensman
Kurt van der Basch storyboard artist
Julie Vash set designer
Ella Wolfnoth artist
Andy Young assistant art director
Yod Yutamanop Prop Hand
Hang Dara Zhao assistant art director
Turner Hill Digital Asset Manager (uncredited)

Sound Department[]

  • Taz Fairbanks (second assistant sound)
  • Arthur Fenn (key first assistant sound)
  • Billy Hayes (second assistant sound: second unit)
  • Simon Hayes (production sound mixer)
  • Robin Johnson (first assistant sound)
  • Josh Winslade (on-set Pro Tools music editor)

Special Effects[]

  • Mark Day (special effects technician)
  • Mark Evans (lead senior technician)
  • Andrew Hayes (senior design technician)
  • Andrew Homan (special effects technician)
  • Tomasz Podraza (engineer)
  • Charlie R. Robinson (wireman)

Visual Effects[]

  • Pablo Helman (visual effects supervisor)
  • Chris Lynch (visual effects on-set supervisor)
  • Matthew Wight (visualization production manager: the third floor)

Stunts[]

  • Daryl Andrews (head stunt rigger)
  • Dave Boyle (stunt performer)
  • Alard Hufner (stunt rigger)
  • Daniel Medina Ramos (stunt previz)
  • Raj Paul (stunt performer)
  • Rebecca Pendarves (stunt department coordinator)

Camera and Electrical Department[]

Lauren Allaway DIT Trainee
Daniel Bocking console operator/main unit
Jeremy Braben Aerial director of photography
Jason French Supervising Electrical Rigger
Lewis Hume first assistant camera: "a" camera, main unit
Marc Jenner dit trainee
Giles Keyte still photographer
Vince Madden Supervisor Rigging Electrician
David McCarthy Electrical Rigger
Guy McCormack Video Playback Operator
Jed Mitchell Electrical Rigger
Alex Schilke data tech/electrician: main unit
Lee Schofield HOD Electrical Rigger

Casting Department[]

Dana Gaier casting assistant
George Ludlow casting associate
Tamsyn Manson UK Casting Associate
Ryan Bernard Tymensky casting associate

Costume and Wardrobe Department[]

Jason Castagna Concept Illustrator
Imogene Chayes costume concept artist
Maria Endara senior costume maker
Katerina Kojeva costume illustrator
Caroline Lindop Costume Illustrator
Bobby Soutar assistant costume designer
Darrell Warner costume illustrator

Editorial Department[]

Lucie Barbier dailies colourist

Location Management[]

Marialucia Apicella assistant location manager
Florence Cleverdon location manager
Lilly-Ann Jones location assistant
Lisa Latter location manager
Ashleigh Powell assistant location manager
Adam Richards supervising location manager

Music Department[]

Dominick Amendum Production Music Supervisor
Robin Baynton Music Engineer
Bronwen Chan Music Assistant
Millie Davies Music Trainee
Ian Eisendrath Executive Music Consultant
Ben Holder Music Associate
Stephen Oremus Executive Music Producer
Maggie Rodford Music Supervisor
Stephen Schwartz music and lyrics by
Greg Wells Music Producer

Script and Continuity Department[]

Bex Church 2nd Unit Script Supervisor
Lisa Vick script supervisor

Transportation Department[]

Nathaniel Stewart Tech Hod

Additional Crew[]

Yasmin Amin production secretary
Daren Bailey Marine Coordinator
Rachel Benicek 2nd assistant accountant
Hannah Campbell covid pa
Wayne Cilento stage choreographer
David Downing health & safety manager
Jon Duncan financial controller
Sean Duncan Assistant Construction Accountant
Matthew Ellis assistant production coordinator
Jessica Evans assistant
Tayla Gilbert Travel and Accommodation Coordinator
Ingrid Graham Dancer
Omar Haggag Set PA: Second Unit
Lauren James production coordinator: second unit
Martin Jenkins Medic
Will Loftis associate choreographer
Rebecca Maguire 2nd Unit Production Assistant
Ann Pattison-Bingham asset coordinator
Elizabeth Perkins assistant production coordinator
Nejel Reyes Screen Credits
Kianne Sadeq accounts trainee
Carly Schoepflin travel coordinator
Christopher Scott choreographer
Etty Stanley production secretary
Rob Stull production assistant
Rog Ward medic

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