“Ding dong!” The iconic phrase echoes through the fantastical land of Oz as the first trailer for “Wicked” bewitches audiences during the Super Bowl. Cynthia Erivo and Ariana Grande, adorned in vibrant hues of green and pink, mesmerize as they step into the roles of Elphaba and Glinda in Jon M. Chu‘s highly-anticipated movie musical.
As the familiar strains of “Defying Gravity” fill the air, viewers are transported to a different Oz, one that predates Dorothy’s arrival and delves into the legend of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, and the origins of Glinda the Good Witch. Grande’s Glinda reassures Erivo’s Elphaba, setting the stage for an epic tale of friendship, betrayal, and redemption.
Joining Erivo and Grande is a stellar cast including Michelle Yeoh as Madame Morrible, Jonathan Bailey as Fiyero Tigelaar, Ethan Slater as Boq, Bowen Yang as Pfannee, and Jeff Goldblum as the enigmatic Wizard of Oz. Goldblum’s cunning portrayal hints at a deeper intrigue as he schemes to unite the people of Oz against a common enemy.
Chu’s decision to film “Wicked 2024” in two parts speaks to the epic scope of the source material, ensuring that the beloved characters and intricate storyline are given the depth and nuance they deserve. Composer Stephen Schwartz’s iconic songs, including “Defying Gravity,” serve as emotional anchors, guiding audiences through the highs and lows of Elphaba and Glinda’s journey.
The trailer offers a tantalizing glimpse into the magical world of “Wicked,” promising a cinematic experience unlike any other. With its release slated for November 27, 2024, and its highly anticipated sequel scheduled for November 26, 2025, “Wicked” is poised to cast its spell on audiences for years to come. Get ready to defy gravity and experience the untold story of Oz like never before.