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‘Wicked’ trailer sees Ariana Grande sing ‘Popular’ and ‘Defying Gravity’

The official trailer for Wicked the movie has been released.

Coming to cinemas later this year, the film stars Cynthia Erivo, Ariana Grande and Jeff Goldblum, and is an adaptation of the musical of the same name. It tells the untold story of the witches of Oz.

Wicked follows Elphaba (Erivo) as she begins at Shiz University, where she forms an unlikely friendship with Glinda (Grande). While navigating their differences, learning about Elphaba’s powers and discovering the truth about the Wizard (Goldblum), the pair lead the beloved story which serves as a prequel to The Wizard Of Oz.

Now, the trailer for the movie has been released, and it features the film’s two stars singing some of its most well-known hits for the first time. Set in a hyper-realistic fantasy land, featuring eccentric costumes and sophisticated special effects, the trailer subtly teases the story’s darker elements, as well as the sub-plot of a love story, and the references to The Wizard Of Oz. Check out the trailer below.

The story, co-written by Winnie Holzman, is loosely based on Gregory Maguire’s 1955 novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, and the music and lyrics for Wicked were written by Stephen Schwartz.

The popular musical has been on Broadway for more than 20 years, and in the West End since 2006. Featuring iconic tracks such as ‘Defying Gravity’, ‘One Short Day’ and ‘Popular’, the musical has won several awards, and is currently Broadway’s fourth longest-running show.

The film, which also stars Bridgerton’s Jonathan Bailey as the carefree love-interest, Fiyero, and Michelle Yeoh as the headmistress Madame Morrible, has been directed by Crazy Rich Asians’ Jon M.Chu and produced by Lala Land’s Marc Platt.

Ariana Grande in ‘Wicked’. CREDIT: Universal Studios.

Also featured in the cast is Tony nominee Ethan Slater, Saturday Night Live’s Bowen Yang and Harlots star Bronwyn James, as well as Keala Settle, best known for her performance in The Greatest Showman.

The story has been split into two parts, with the highly-anticipated first instalment coming on November 28 this year, and the second set to arrive in cinemas on the same date in 2025.

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