The long-awaited big screen version of multi award-winning musical Wicked is finally going into production but audiences will have to wait until 2019 to see it.
Announcing a 20 December 2019 release date for the movie, film studios Universal also confirmed Britain’s Stephen Daldry would direct with one of the Broadway production’s original producers, Marc Platt, also onboard.
Rumours of a movie version of the Tony Award-winning show have been circulating for a number of years with original cast members Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth as early contenders for the starring roles and Billy Elliot director Daldry previously linked to the project in 2012.
With Menzel and Chenoweth now out of the running, speculation surrounding casting is reaching fever pitch with Glee star Lea Michele currently one of the favourites to take on the role of Elphaba. Ironically Menzel played Michele’s mother in the hit TV series that turned the actress into a star.
Now in its 13th year on Broadway, Wicked has been a spectacular critical and commercial success both at home in the US and internationally.
Currently the ninth longest-running show in the West End and the 19th longest-running show in West End theatre history, the tale of the witches of Oz has now been seen in London by more than seven million people and by 50 million people across the world.
Based on the bestseller by Gregory Maguire which took its inspiration from the creations of L. Frank Baum brought so vividly to life in the classic movie The Wizard of Oz, the production at the Apollo Victoria Theatre is taking bookings up to 29 April 2017.
Wicked, which has music and lyrics by multi Grammy and Academy award winner Stephen Schwartz, was adapted for the stage by Winnie Holzman.
Tickets for Wicked are available HERE.
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