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Besties, The Official ‘Wicked’ Trailer Is Out & I’m Already Obsessed

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I’m not typically the one to immediately share this open secret about myself, but in high school, I was a bit of a theater kid. So, of course, when I heard that there would be a film adaptation of the Broadway musical Wicked (one of my favorite productions) starring legends Cynthia Erivo and Ariana Grande, high school theater Siobhan was revived. Since the movie’s teaser trailer was revealed on Feb. 11, all that has been on everyone’s mind (primarily mine) is what to expect ahead of the film’s release, such as the cast, filming locations, and, of course, the actual release date!

If you aren’t as big of a Broadway lover as I am and are unfamiliar with the plot of Wicked, let me bring you up to speed. Many Gen Zers grew up knowing about or watching The Wizard of Oz, an iconic 1939 film. In the story, Dorothy is magically transported to the Land of Oz, where she encounters an interesting cast of characters who guide her to get back to her home in Kansas. Wicked takes a completely different approach and rather explores the story of two characters who received little backstory in The Wizard of Oz: Elphaba (the Wicked Witch of the West) and Glinda the Good . 

The Broadway musical focuses on Elphaba’s transformation into the Wicked Witch of the West and how Glinda became her counterpart. The musical is based on author Gregory Maguire’s 1995 novel of the same name, which focuses on Elphaba and Glinda’s friendship as they discover their own individuality outside of the judgments of others

We got a lot from the upcoming film’s teaser trailer, but on May 15, the full trailer was released and it appears this new adaptation will be sticking to its roots. 

The trailer showcases the stunning imaginary realm of Oz through a series of brief snippets. It also shows Elphaba, played by Erivo, uncovering her abilities and embracing her new identity, alongside Glinda, played by Grande. So, now that the trailer is out, it seems Wicked has in store for us theater lovers!

Wicked will be a two-parter, with the first release scheduled for November 2024.

While Wicked is scheduled to be released on Thanksgiving later this year, it’s not the only installment hitting theaters. Wicked director Jon M. Chu stated in April 2022 that the film would be divided into two parts, with the first scheduled for 2024 and the second for 2025. In a 2023 interview with Collider, lyricist and composer for Wicked, Stephen Schwartz, explained this decision, saying,”We ultimately decided to do two movies because we couldn’t get it all crammed into one movie without, we felt, really compromising the story.”

We now know from the trailer that the first movie will be released on Nov. 28, so it’s probably safe to assumed that the second film will premiere in theaters around the same time in 2025. I’m not sure about you, but I know what I’ll be doing on Thanksgiving for the next two years.

Who stars in Wicked

Aside from the renowned Cynthia Erivo and Ariana Grande, who play the major roles of Elphaba and Glinda, respectively, the entire Wicked cast is star-studded.

The cast also includes Michelle Yeoh as Madame Morrible, Johnathan Bailey (who will play Prince Fiyero), and Bowen Yang. I also couldn’t leave out Ethan Slater, who plays Boq, a munchkin who ultimately becomes the Tinman who accompanies Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. Slater has received a lot of attention over the last year after it was announced that he and his Wicked co-star Grande were reportedly dating. I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled to see if Grande and Slater walk the red carpet together as we get closer to Wicked’s premiere. 

The new trailer has me so excited to see this movie and until that time is finally here, I’ll be listening to the Wicked soundtrack on repeat. 

Siobhan Robinson is a member of the Her Campus national writing program. She works on the entertainment and culture team, covering the most recent pop culture events, trends, and entertainment releases. Previously, she worked as an Entertainment and Culture intern during the Spring 2023 semester, where she was supervised in writing breaking news verticals, live coverage of events such as the Grammys and Met Gala, and interviewing emerging Gen Z talent for Her Campus's "Next Questions" segment. She is currently a fourth-year communication studies student at San Jose State University. She is also a member of the SJSU chapter of Her Campus, where she presently serves as Editor-In-Chief, supervising a staff of writers, senior editors, and copy editors and assessing their articles for the site. She previously worked as a senior editor for the chapter and assisted in editing the work of a team of 4-5 writers. In her free time, Siobhan enjoys scrapbooking, hanging out with her friends, going to concerts, and, of course, writing for fun! She's a die-hard fangirl who will tell you everything she knows about her favorite boybands even if you don't ask.