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Check Out The Actresses Starring As Elphaba and Glinda in the Wicked Movie!

We can't wait for these two to defy gravity in the role of their lives!

In early February, it was announced that the new director of the movie adaptation of the 2003 hit Broadway musical, Wicked, has been decided. Through a tweet, “Crazy Rich Asians” director Jon M. Chu shared that he had been chosen to direct the much-awaited film adaptation of the musical. Previously, Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot) was supposed to direct–but due to scheduling conflicts, he had to be replaced.

The musical, which is the prequel to the 1939 MGM film, “The Wizard of Oz”, originally starred Idina Menzel as Elphaba Thropp–the famous green-skinned witch–and Kristin Chenoweth as Galinda (Glinda) the Good Witch, popular for her pink aesthetic. (Read: These Films About Catholic Saints Are Perfect for All Saints’ Day)

While it’s hard to fill in the shoes of these iconic Broadway actresses, people looked forward to the casting of the story’s two main leads. And now, it’s here! Check out who will be playing as Elphaba and Glinda in the Wicked movie!

Elphaba: Cynthia Erivo

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Photos from Alastair Muir/REX/Shutterstock and Reuters

The Wicked Witch of the West, daughter of Melena Thropp and the Wizard of Oz, will be played by Cynthia Erivo for the movie. Cynthia is an English actress, singer, and songwriter. She is best known for her role in the Broadway revival of The Color Purpler from 2015 to 2017. The 34-year-old has been a recipient of a Daytime Emmy, Grammy, Theatre World, and Tony Award.

Glinda: Ariana Grande

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Photos from Wicked Wiki – Fandom and NBC

Multi-awarded singer and actress Ariana Grande has been chosen to play the role of Glinda the Good Witch. After Ariana’s announcement that she got the role, many fans, and the original Glinda herself, were quick to notice that the 28-year-old had been manifesting a Wicked role ever since! Kristin posted on Twitter that she was so proud of Ariana for getting the role, saying, “From the very first day I met you, you were destined for this role… The best Glinda you will be with Cynthia by your side.”

Attached in the tweet were a screenshot of Ariana’s tweet from 2011 where she said she “loved seeing Wicked again”, which made her realize that she wanted to be Glinda at “some point in her life,” and an old photo of Kristin and young Ariana! (Read: Meet the Ladies Who Will Star in ‘Powerpuff’ the Live Action Series)

The original Elphaba, Idina, also sent her congratulations to the two actresses for landing their roles. “Congrats to two amazing women. May it change your lives for the better forever and ever as it has for us. So much love,” she said.

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