‘Wicked’ Trailer Drops, Ariana Grande Sings ‘Popular’ and ‘Defying Gravity’

The official trailer for the upcoming ‘Wicked’ film has just been released.

Hitting cinemas later this year, the movie stars Cynthia Erivo, Ariana Grande, and Jeff Goldblum, and is an adaptation of the much-loved musical. Wicked delves into the untold story of the witches of Oz, focusing on Elphaba as she starts her journey at Shiz University. There, she forms an unexpected friendship with Glinda. As they navigate their differences, uncover Elphaba’s powers, and learn the truth about the Wizard, they lead this enchanting prequel to ‘The Wizard of Oz.’

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The newly released trailer features the film’s leads singing some of its most iconic songs for the first time. Set in a hyper-realistic fantasy world with eccentric costumes and sophisticated special effects, the trailer hints at the story’s darker elements, a romance subplot, and references to ‘The Wizard of Oz.’ The screenplay, co-written by Winnie Holzman, is inspired by Gregory Maguire’s 1995 novel, ‘Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West,’ with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz.

The musical has enjoyed over two decades of success on Broadway and has been a staple of the West End since 2006. Featuring beloved tracks such as ‘Defying Gravity,’ ‘One Short Day,’ and ‘Popular,’ it has garnered several awards and is currently Broadway’s fourth longest-running show.

Wicked Trailer
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The film, directed by Jon M. Chu of ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ fame and produced by Marc Platt of ‘La La Land,’ also stars Jonathan Bailey from Bridgerton as the carefree love interest, Fiyero, and Michelle Yeoh as headmistress Madame Morrible. The cast includes Tony nominee Ethan Slater, Saturday Night Live’s Bowen Yang, Harlots’ Bronwyn James, and Keala Settle, best known for her performance in ‘The Greatest Showman.’

The story has been divided into two parts, with the eagerly awaited first instalment arriving in cinemas on 28th November this year, followed by the second part on the same date in 2025.