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Huge congrats to Ariana Grande, as it’s just been revealed that she has landed her “dream role” of Glinda in the film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical, Wicked.
We can remember the 28-year-old Thank U, Next singer sharing her obsession for the role of the good witch – which was first played by the goddess that is Kristin Chenoweth – back in 2011, when she took to Twitter to say: “Loved seeing Wicked again… amazing production! Made me realize again how badly I want 2 play Glinda at some point in my life #DreamRole.”
Ariana is in good company, as Grammy, Emmy, and Tony award-winner Cynthia Erivo will be playing the role of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, which as we all know, was first played by the one and only Idina Menzel.
The British actress, singer, and songwriter – who has starred in The Color Purple and Sister Act – has some big shoes to fill, but we’re more than confident that she can do it, while also making the role her own! We can’t wait to see what she brings to the table!
Ariana congratulated Cynthia on landing the coveted role by sending her some flowers with the most adorable note, which said: “Dear Cynthia, honored doesn’t even begin to cover it. I cannot wait to hug you. See you in Oz. All my love, Ari.”
Cynthia returned the sentiment and wrote: “Congratulations Miss A, the part was made for you, I look forward to sharing this musical journey with you. Love, Cynthia.”
Idina Menzel couldn’t wait to share her congratulations either…
“Congrats to two amazing women,” she wrote on Twitter.
“May it change your lives for the better forever and ever as it has for us. So much love.” We’re not crying, you’re crying!
The highly-anticipated Wicked movie has been in the works for so many years, and we’re so excited that it’s progressing nicely and we finally know the names of some of the cast. We also know who will be in charge of directing, as it was announced earlier this year that Jon M Chu (who worked on Crazy Rich Asians and In The Heights) will direct. And judging by his social media, he couldn’t be more excited…
“These two witches!!” Jon M Chu wrote on Instagram. “The emotional moment I got to tell @cynthiaerivo and @arianagrande that they were our Elphaba and Galinda in the @WickedMovie for @unistudios,” he added, with three crying emojis.
“wait until you see what they bring!! It is other worldly. Ahhhhh!!!”
We don’t know when the Wicked movie will be released yet, but we do also know that it will be co-written by original writers Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman, which fills us with so much excitement! We cannot wait!