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Three stars are heading straight into the wonderful world of Oz! “Everything Everywhere All At Once” star Michelle Yeoh is joining the cast of Universal Pictures’ “Wicked” two-parter, directed by Jon M. Chu. The news comes in tandem with the confirmation of the long-rumored “Jurassic Park” star Jeff Goldblum and a day after the announcement of “SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical” star Ethan Slater as cast additions. Find out all the latest news about the highly anticipated movie musical adaptations!
“Wicked” Adds Michelle Yeoh, Ethan Slater, and Jeff Goldblum
First reported by Variety, Michelle Yeoh will star in the highly anticipated “Wicked” two-parter at Universal Pictures. Additionally, Jeff Goldblum, long-rumored to be playing the Wizard of Oz, has been officially confirmed to be playing the role.
The news of Yeoh and Goldblum’s casting comes a day after the production announced that Tony nominee and screen star Ethan Slater (“SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical,” “Fosse/Verdon”) had been added to the cast in the role of Boq, a friend of Elphaba and Glinda at Shiz and the love interest of Elphaba’s younger sister, Nessarose.
A prequel to “The Wizard of Oz” and based on the novels by Gregory Maguire and the long-running Broadway musical of the same name, “Wicked” tells the story of how Elphaba became the Wicked Witch of the West and how Glinda became the Good Witch.
Jon M. Chu is helming both features, led by the previously announced Ariana Grande as Glinda and Cynthia Erivo as Elphaba. Musical writers Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman will adapt the musical for the stage, with Schwartz penning new songs for the two-parter.
Yeoh, a trophy favorite for her work in “Everything Everywhere All At Once,” will play Madame Morrible, the headmistress of Shiz University. Before the A24 multiverse sci-fi adventure, she worked with Chu in 2018’s “Crazy Rich Asians,” starring opposite Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Gemma Chan, and others.
In addition to Grande and Erivo, Yeoh, Goldblum, and Slater join a star-studded cast that also includes Jonathan Bailey as Fiyero. Nessarose and additional supporting roles have yet to be announced.
In their Instagram stories on Dec. 7, Grande, Erivo, and Chu confirmed that principal photography on the films has begun. Parts One and Two of “Wicked” are set for release on Christmas Day in 2024 and 2025, respectively.
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