Wicked director says casting Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo 'destiny'

Wicked director Jon M. Chu considers casting Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo in the lead roles of the upcoming two-part musical movie a stroke of destiny. Chu mentioned that he, Grande, and Erivo have integrated personal experiences into their contributions to Wicked. The director stated that releasing the movie in two parts is in line with the spirit of the musical and they want fans to feel satisfied emotionally at the end of each part. Grande's expertise on Wicked has been invaluable in ensuring the authenticity of the dialogue. Both Grande and Erivo expressed gratitude for the journey they have taken together while promoting the movie.

Universal's chair and CEO Donna Langley praised the enduring popularity of Wicked. Peter Dinklage was revealed to be providing vocals for the character Dr. Dillamond in the movie. The film is set for release on November 27, 2024, and November 26, 2025, with a star-studded cast that includes Jeff Goldblum, Michelle Yeoh, and others.

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