A film adaptation of the hit musical Wicked is set to hit our screens in 2021, with Universal Pictures confirming its release date.
According to Deadline, the studio’s upcoming adaptation will be released on December 22, as a Christmas treat.
So Wicked fans, get the date in your diary!
The film was originally slated to be released on December 20, 2019, but the studio delayed it’s production giving that release date to the upcoming adaptation of the musical Cats instead.
This means we now have to wait two years to see Elphaba and Glinda on the big screen, so I hope it’s worth the wait.
While the cast is yet to be announced, Universal Pictures confirmed Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot and The Hours) will direct, while Marc Platt (Into the Woods and Bridge of Spies) produces.
— Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) February 8, 2019
The hit musical, which has won three Tony Awards, was adapted from Gregory Maguire’s novel by Winnie Holzman and Stephen Schwartz.
Both Holzman and Schwartz will also work on the film adaptation.
Honestly, I’m surprised it’s taken this long for Wicked to hit the big screen given its popularity.
First opening in October 2003, the musical has been running continuously on Broadway ever since, with productions also taking place in London, Australia, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Brazil, and South Korea
According to Broadway.com, Wicked tells the story of the witches of Oz, before Dorothy drops in:
Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another girl, born with emerald-green skin—smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent.
When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships… until the world decides to call one ‘good’ and the other one ‘wicked’.
From the first electrifying note to the final breathtaking moment, Wicked — the untold true story of the Witches of Oz — transfixes audiences with its wildly inventive story. It will send your spirits soaring to heights you’ll never forget.
I sure hope the film lives up to the expectations!
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Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.