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‘Wicked’ Trailer Shows First Look at ‘Popular’ and More Iconic Moments

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The first official trailer for the Wicked film adaptation is here!

The full-length preview of the upcoming two-part musical movie event was released on May 15, giving fans a first look of iconic songs from the musical like popular “Popular” and pivotal moments from the plot — like when Galinda “gifts” Elphaba her infamous pointy hat.

Director Jon M. Chu is bringing the beloved musical to the big screen in a two-part adaptation of Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman’s beloved Broadway musical. The show is a prequel story to The Wizard of Oz, with the plot following the early years of the Wicked Witch of the West, named Elphaba, and Glinda the Good Witch, aka Galinda.

As it turns out, Elphaba wasn’t always so wicked, and Galinda wasn’t always so good. Before the twister brought Dorothy into their lives, the pair were unlikely roommates-turned-friends at school — but heartbreak, opportunity and circumstance ultimately pulled them apart and set them on the adversarial paths.

The adaptation stars Tony winner Cynthia Erivo as Elphaba, opposite Ariana Grande as Galinda. Bridgerton star Jonathan Bailey plays Fiyero, the himbo love interest who finds himself caught between the two, recent Oscar winner Michelle Yeoh plays their reigning headmistress, Madame Morrible, and Jeff Goldblum as the Wonderful Wizard of Oz. 

The Wicked adaptation is scheduled to be released in two parts. Wicked: Part One hits theaters on Nov. 27, 2024, while Wicked: Part Two will be released on Nov. 26, 2025.

Here’s everything we know so far about the upcoming films.

THE PLOT

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Wicked is based on the Wicked musical, which takes its story from the 1995 novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire. The plot is based on the 1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum and its 1939 film adaptation, but focuses on the story of the Wicked Witch of the West.

Elphaba, born with green skin that most see as a curse, is a reserved new student at Shiz University, who is fiercely protective of her wheelchair-using sister, Nessarose. Upon moving into her dorm, she finds herself rooming with the bubbly, popular Galinda, who quickly embraces her as a friend and social project, though the pair could not be more different.

However, the new friends find themself at odds over Fiyero, a Winkie prince who ends up besotted with Elphaba, despite the fact that he and Galinda are the epitome of “class couple” and seemingly destined to be together — if Galinda gets her way. Elphaba also dreams of working alongside the magical Wizard of Oz, and works to prove her skills.

When the Wizard is proven to be a fraud who is suppressing the animals of Oz in order to grow his own power, Elphaba turns against him, and is forced to go on the run from his loyal followers who are trying to hunt her down. 

Throughout a series of magical mishaps, the characters of the Wizard of Oz come into play as Elphaba tries her best to protect those she loves — though her efforts are often in vain. Ultimately, she embraces her reputation as the Wicked Witch, faking her own death and bidding a tearful farewell to her friend Galinda as she departs Oz, never to return.

THE CAST

Cynthia Erivo as Elphaba

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The Broadway star and Tony winner plays Elphaba, a young woman born with green skin, who later becomes the Wicked Witch of the West.

Ariana Grande as Galinda/Glinda, the Good Witch

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Grande is perfectly cast as Galinda, the bubbly, popular, people-pleasing counterpart to Elphaba, who is revealed to have much more depth that she initially shows on the surface.

Jonathan Bailey as Fiyero

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Bridgerton star Jonathan Bailey laces up his dancing shoes to play Fiyero, the carefree Winkie prince who finds himself in a love triangle with Elphaba and Galinda. Through Elphaba’s efforts to protect him, he ultimately becomes the Scarecrow that befriends Dorothy.

Jeff Goldblum as the Wonderful Wizard of Oz

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Goldblum plays the Wizard, who is revealed to be not quite as “wonderful” as advertised, prompting Elphaba to go rogue in an attempt to save the animals of Oz.

Ethan Slater as Boq

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Grande’s real-life beau plays the besotted Boq, a fellow Shiz student who pines after Galinda. When Elphaba’s sister, Nessarose, miscasts a spell to try and make him fall in love with her instead, Elphaba’s solution is to turn him into a creature that doesn’t need a heart to live — leading to his ultimate fate as the Tin Man.

Michelle Yeoh as Madame Morrible

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Oscar winner Michelle Yeoh plays Madame Morrible, the headmistress of Shiz University, who initially sees promise in Elphaba. However, when the citizens of Oz turns against the “wicked” witch, Morrible helps lead the charge to try and tear her down.

Peter Dinklage as Dr. Dillamond

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Emmy winner Peter Dinklage is set to voice the character Dr. Dillamond, ET can confirm. The Hollywood Reporter broke the news on April 10, reporting that Universal closed out its CinemaCon presentation by sharing new footage of Wicked with the reveal. According to the outlet, Dr. Dillamond, a goat, is a professor of history at Shiz University who warns Elphaba about rising dark forces that threaten the speaking animals of Oz, including himself.  

Marissa Bode as Nessarose

Hollywood newcomer Marissa Bode makes her feature film debut in Wicked as Nessarose, Elphaba’s wheelchair-using younger sister. After her ill-fated attempt to make Boq fall in love with her ends with him becoming the Tin Man, Nessa turns cold, blaming her sister for her broken heart and ultimately becoming the Wicked Witch of the East.

Bowen Yang and Bronwyn James as Pfannee and ShenShen

Yang and James play Pfannee and ShenShen, college friends of Galinda’s. The characters were created for the movie and do not appear in the stage show, so not much is known about them yet.

The Wicked films also star The Greatest Showman star Keala Settle, Aaron Teoh, Colin Michael Carmichael, Adam James and more.

THE TRAILERS

During Super Bowl LVIII, Universal Pictures finally shared a first look at the film adaptation of the Broadway musical which has taken more than a decade to bring to the big screen. In the promo, fans got their first peek at Emerald City as audio of Grande and Erivo singing “Defying Gravity” played in the background.

In May 2024, the first full trailer was released, giving fans a preview of iconic songs like “Popular” and pivotal moments from the musical — like when Galinda “gifts” Elphaba her infamous pointy hat:

THE SONGS

The film is set to include plenty of songs from the Tony-winning musical, which Erivo told ET were some of her favorite parts of filming.

“I want to say ‘For Good’ is one of the most… like it’s really special to us,” she shared. “It just — it was a really special day. We filmed it over a week (and) we felt like it was a lot for the both of us, in our hearts, you know?”

“And I’m really, really excited for ‘The Wizard and I’ ’cause, like, it’s a full epic moment,” the actress added. “There’s so much in there that feels good… There are all really special moments within this movie and even the numbers without songs are really special as well.”

THE RELEASE DATES

The Wicked adaptation is scheduled to be released in two parts. Wicked: Part One is scheduled for release on Nov. 27, 2024, while Wicked: Part Two will be released on Nov. 26, 2025.

 

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