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Wicked BTS Photos Reveal Glenda & Elphaba Side By Side Along With First Tease Of Fiyero

Wicked wraps up shooting

Jon M. Chu, the Wicked director, has shared many new behind-the-scenes photos as production has wrapped on the musical. He offered new glimpses at Cynthia Erivo’s Elphaba, Ariana Grande’s Glinda, and Jonathan Bailey’s Fiyero.

Wicked is a two-part adaptation of Winnie Holzman and Stephen Schwartz’s acclaimed musical that goes by the same name. Moreover, it focuses on the early life of the Wicked Witch of the West and revolves around her relationships with the people who would further shape her future.

Production saw an end after 13 months

The show saw many stops and starts, but Wicked finally wrapped filming on both installments in January. The production has been brought to a close after thirteen months.

With the Wicked adaptation’s filming coming to an end, director Chu took to his Instagram account to share a personal message to mark the occasion

Director’s heartfelt message

Chu wrote a heartfelt message where he thanked Universal Pictures and the cast’s work throughout the movie’s production. He also shared a selection of black-and-white behind-the-scenes photos that were taken during his experience. The photos tease the three leading characters of the story.

You can see individual silhouettes of Elphaba, Glinda, and Fiyero who have struck iconic poses. In addition to that, a photo of the two witches’ silhouettes side-by-side is also included, and a final photo where the crew is celebrating behind the camera.

 

Several well-known celebrities starring in the film

Erivo and Grande are playing the role of Elphaba and Glinda. Alongside them, several well-known and celebrated faces are seen to take on the role of other influential figures in the world of Oz for Chu’s big-screen, much-anticipated Wicked adaptation.

Jeff Goldblum has been teasing the fans as he is going to the role of The Wizard of Oz himself. Elphaba looked up to him during her youth, whereas Michelle Yeoh is going to portray the Wizard’s ally and former mentor of the Wicked and Good Witches, Madame Morrible.

In addition to that, Ethan Slater will be seen playing the role of the Munchkin Boq. Marissa Bode will play the role of Elphaba’s sister and future Wicked Witch of the East, Nessarose.

Many additions to the original story are anticipated

Chu’s take on Wicked is going to make its additions to the story of Elphaba through its two-part tale. You will discover several new characters have been to the origin story.

Adam James and Keala Settle will be seen as two new supporting characters. In the movie, James is set to portray Glinda’s father and Settle is going to play Miss Coddle, who is anticipated to be another member of Shiz University’s staff.

Faithful and thorough adaptations can be seen in the two movies, however, the new characters could help each part be more fleshed out through their individual stories.

The shooting saw many ups and downs

The development hell and further delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the SAG-AFTRA strike for fairer conditions for actors have put the movie way behind. Therefore, Wicked wrapping up filming will be celebrated by longtime fans who are eager to see it being brought to life on the big screen.

We all know the character’s full designs have been kept under tight wraps. However, the glimpses at Erivo’s Elphaba and Grande’s Glinda in flight have given a sense of the imagery that has kept Oz’s characters iconic.

Wicked will premiere in around 10 months. Hence, audiences may have mere months to see their full first looks at the two powerful witches.

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