WICKED: PART 1 Trailer Pulls Back The Curtain On Jon M. Chu's Musical Adaptation

WICKED: PART 1 Trailer Pulls Back The Curtain On Jon M. Chu's Musical Adaptation WICKED: PART 1 Trailer Pulls Back The Curtain On Jon M. Chu's Musical Adaptation

We're not in Kansas any more. Last night during the Big Game, Universal Pictures released the first full trailer for Jon M. Chu's Wicked: Part 1, and you can check it out right here...

By MarkCassidy - Feb 12, 2024 07:02 AM EST
Filed Under: Fantasy
Source: Via SFF Gazette

Last night during the Super Bowl, Universal Pictures debuted the first trailer for Jon M. Chu's big-screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical, Wicked, which focuses on what went down in Oz before Dorothy followed the Yellow-Brick Road, telling the story of how a green-skinned woman named Elphaba becomes a cackling villain with an aversion to water.

The teaser spotlights the first meeting between Ariana Grande as Glinda, who will ultimately become the "Good Witch of the East," and Cynthia Erivo as Elphaba, the "Wicked Witch of the West."

It's probably not a major to spoiler to note that their friendship doesn't last!

Check out the trailer - which seems to be hiding the fact that the movie will be a musical - below, along with a poster and an updated synopsis, and let us know what you think in the comments section.

After two decades as one of the most beloved and enduring musicals on the stage, Wicked makes its long-awaited journey to the big screen as a spectacular, generation-defining cinematic event this holiday season. Wicked, the untold story of the witches of Oz, stars Emmy, Grammy and Tony winning powerhouse Cynthia Erivo (Harriet, Broadway’s The Color Purple) as Elphaba, a young woman, misunderstood because of her unusual green skin, who has yet to discover her true power, and Grammy-winning, multi-platinum recording artist and global superstar Ariana Grande as Glinda, a popular young woman, gilded by privilege and ambition, who has yet to discover her true heart.

The two meet as students at Shiz University in the fantastical Land of Oz and forge an unlikely but profound friendship. Following an encounter with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, their friendship reaches a crossroads and their lives take very different paths. Glinda's unflinching desire for popularity sees her seduced by power, while Elphaba's determination to remain true to herself, and to those around her, will have unexpected and shocking consequences on her future. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfill their destinies as Glinda the Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.

The film also stars Oscar winner Michelle Yeoh as Shiz University’s regal headmistress Madame Morrible; Jonathan Bailey (Bridgerton, Fellow Travelers) as Fiyero, a roguish and carefree prince; Tony nominee Ethan Slater (Broadway’s Spongebob Squarepants, Fosse/Verdon) as Boq, an altruistic Munchkin student; Marissa Bode in her feature-film debut as Nessarose, Elphaba’s favored sister; and pop culture icon Jeff Goldblum as the legendary Wizard of Oz.

The cast of characters includes Pfannee and ShenShen, two conniving compatriots of Glinda played by Emmy nominee Bowen Yang (Saturday Night Live) and Bronwyn James (Harlots), and a new character created for the film, Miss Coddle, played by Tony nominee Keala Settle (The Greatest Showman).

Wicked is the first chapter of a two-part immersive, cultural celebration. Wicked Part Two is scheduled to arrive in theaters on November 26, 2025.

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JobinJ - 2/12/2024, 7:33 AM
Meh

What comic book is this from?
MikeyL - 2/12/2024, 7:36 AM
@JobinJ - it’s based on a musics based on a novel. As per the website’s About page, “CBM expanded its coverage to include all SciFi, Fantasy and Horror related properties” and this definitely comes under ‘fantasy’.

While I’m hyped for this, I do kinda feel this site should be more focused on what it’s name actually is- comic book movies.
AmySabadini - 2/12/2024, 8:16 AM
@JobinJ - It was such a big deal that Marvel and DC had to join forces!

Shinzo - 2/12/2024, 8:55 AM
@JobinJ - None. You're on popculturemovie.com.

Or if-it-ever-appeared-in-a-comic-somewhere-once-even-though-it-didn't-start-as-one-and-isn't-best-known-as-one-movie.com.

😏
Evansly - 2/12/2024, 9:00 AM
@JobinJ - They post articles where it's obvious there will be discourse so their advertising goes up
JobinJ - 2/12/2024, 9:04 AM
@Shinzo - lol
MikeyL - 2/12/2024, 7:34 AM
I have always been obsessed with comic books, their movies and franchises. I have tattoos based on them and collectibles throughout my apartment. I studied Film Studies at university because of my love for them.

So it says something when I’m more excited for this than any comic book movie that has been announced.
bobevanz - 2/12/2024, 8:35 AM
@MikeyL - this looks worse then Oz the great and powerful
FusionWarrior - 2/12/2024, 7:35 AM
Looks like a big break for Ariana Grande and I know they wanted to adapt this stage play for quite some time now!
KWilly - 2/12/2024, 7:41 AM
Expanding the universe of The Wizard of Oz is kinda hilarious to me. Because it's like people forget that whole story of Oz was simply Dorothy's dream.

Why are we getting an origin story on a character in someone's dream?
MikeyL - 2/12/2024, 7:45 AM
@KWilly - the original book is a bit less ambiguous about it, with it being she actually was in a place called Oz which then gets expanded upon with the 13 follow ups
KWilly - 2/12/2024, 7:53 AM
@MikeyL - Ah ok
Evansly - 2/12/2024, 8:26 AM
@KWilly - I only read like 5 of the sequels but they get WEIRD
lazlodaytona - 2/12/2024, 8:34 AM
@KWilly - It's not really expanding the Oz world. The musical has been well established for a while and the book even further back.
Now, James Franco's Oz film would be an expansion ... tho I believe that was based on a book. Same with Return to Oz; which is apparently way closer to its book as compared to the other two.
Apophis71 - 2/12/2024, 8:59 AM
@KWilly - You do know the famous film was an adaption of only one of fourteen books by the original author?

There was a broaday musical adaption first a couple years after the book in 2002 then three silent film adaptions before the 1939 one. Been a ton of other Oz books since by others after the original authors death, basicaly around one book a year or more at times for most of the last 120yrs.

They fall into three categoies after the Baum ones.

Authorized continuations of the Oz series. These consist of works authorized by the original publishers Reilly & Lee, and those authorized by Baum's heirs, represented by the Baum Family Trust. Reilly & Lee had selected Ruth Plumly Thompson to continue the series, followed by three Oz books written by John R. Neill, two by Jack Snow and one each by Rachel Cosgrove Payes and by Eloise Jarvis McGraw & her daughter.

Other books that continue on L. Frank Baum's original canon: Other publishers have since printed a plethora of additional Oz books, written by the aforementioned authors as well as many other fans

The books that do not follow L. Frank Baum's original canon, but create an alternate Oz: Most notable among such books is Gregory Maguire's Wicked and sequels which the musical Wicked sprung from about a decade after the book Wicked was written.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wicked_(Maguire_novel)
Apophis71 - 2/12/2024, 9:20 AM
The broadway musical of the wizard of Oz was 1902, not 2002 based on the 1900 books...


...anyway read a few of the original author books and Oz was a fictional location Dorothy was transported to not in her head in the novels (the consussive dream was the adaption part). However the Wicked stage musical was based on a non-canon book using the character of the Wicked witch to explore nature v nurture debates exploring the concepts of what evil is and how someone becomes evil and such like.
IronMan616 - 2/12/2024, 7:41 AM
lol, wtf is this sh*t?
Shinzo - 2/12/2024, 7:43 AM
Comically bad casting. The witch's nose is no longer long & hooked, but broad. They won't even put her in prosthetics.

lazlodaytona - 2/12/2024, 8:38 AM
@Shinzo - Maybe she got plastic surgery before the original OZ.
lazlodaytona - 2/12/2024, 8:57 AM
@Shinzo - aw, come on! that was at least a little funny
Reginator - 2/12/2024, 7:45 AM
i have never seen the wizard of oz, no chance of watching this.
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