It's been a while since we first heard about our favorite West End Musical - well, my favorite anyway - being turned into a movie. Normally I'd be a little sceptical towards the whole thing, afraid they might ruin it for me etc. No one beats Idina Menzel, Rachel Tucker and Kristin Chenoweth. They'll always be Elphie and Glinda to me and it seems a little hard to accept that there will be someone else in these wonderful roles but I'm willing to give it a chance.
I love Wicked. I remember being intrigued by the whole story and the infamous Wicked Witch of the West when I first read Gregory Maguire's book of the same title long before I actually saw the musical for the very first time.
We've met the Wicked Witch before. In The Wizard of Oz from 1951 to Oz The Great And Powerful in 2013 and most recently Rebecca Mader as Zelena, the Wicked Witch of The West on ABC's Once Upon A Time.
Wicked tells the story of two unlikely friends, Elphaba and Galinda. They get off on the wrong foot after being put in the same room at school but end up being friends after a while. Things aren't easy and they're lives head in different directions. At some point Elphie has earned the title Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda The Good is now leading a rather fabulous life. It's a story of friendship, understand and accepting each other; it's a story of accepting people for who they are but it also a story of betrayal, loneliness and pain. It has everything a good story needs.
So, what are we to expect? First of all, don't get your hopes up to soon, looks like the whole thing won't be released for another three years. The newly-published preview sets the release date for December 20th, 2019!
Looks like the screenplay will be written by Winnie Holzman (Once & Again) who has already written the musical book for Wicked. The movie will be directed by none other than the great Stephen Daldry who, most recently, directed Netflix's masterpiece The Crown.
The new movie preview poster is not quite new but it's a start.
You can watch Wicked at London's West End Apollo Theatre or on Boadway at Gershwin Theatre. Stay tuned for more information on the cast!