Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo in Wicked Movie Musical

The Witches is finally back! Not to fight but to tell the backstory before Dorothy Gale arrived in the Land of Oz. 

And guess what? Superbowl Fans got to have the first look at the Wicked Trailer showing Ariana Grande in pink and Cynthia Erivo in green in one of the commercial breaks!

“Don’t be afraid,” Grande as Glinda reassured Erivo as Elphaba.

“I’m not afraid,” Erivo responded

“It’s the Wizard who should be afraid of me.”

Directed by Jon M. Chu, the Land of Oz in this musical movie is different from The Land of Oz that Dorothy Gale encountered. This is because this movie musical is based on Gregory Maguire’s novel which is where the same musical in 2003 was inspired and the original storyline of Wicked precedes Dorothy’s arrival in the magical world. Instead, Wicked tells the story behind two witches Elphaba (later known as the Wicked Witch of the West), and Galinda (later known as The Glinda the Good)

Photo from Us Weekly

The cast also includes Michelle Yeoh as Madame Morrible; Jonathan Bailey as Fiyero Tigelaar; Ethan Slater as Boq; Bowen Yang as Pfannee; and Jeff Goldblum as the Wizard of Oz.

This movie’s musical version of The Wicked is separated into two wicked movies because according to Chu, it is hard to create only one film out of a musical while still sticking to its original narrativity.

“As we prepared the production over the last year, it became impossible to wrestle the story of ‘Wicked’ into a single film without doing some real damage to it,” Chu said in a post on X (previously known as Twitter) in 2022. 

“As we tried to cut songs or trim characters, those decisions began to feel like fatal compromises to the source material that has entertained us all for so many years,” he added.

Photo from @jonmchu on X

“Wicked” was not the only movie that used SuperBowl to promote a film by showing it to the massive audience provided by SuperBowl. “Deadpool 3” also promoted its trailer together with Wicked. 

The first movie will be available in theatres on Nov. 27, 2024. Meanwhile, the second movie is expected to be released on Nov. 26, 2025.

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