Ariana Grande has been cast to play Glinda the Good Witch in Universal’s big-screen adaptation of the Wicked musical, with Cynthia Erivo playing Elphaba (the Wicked Witch of the West). The film will be directed by In the Heights director Jon M. Chu, who has been attached to the project since February. The stars announced their castings in respective Instagram posts last night (November 4).
Goooood Newwwws!!! The incredible #CynthiaErivo and @ArianaGrande will be our Elphaba and Galinda in @WickedMovie @UniversalPics Get ready for a match up like you’ve never seen!!! In pink and green!!! pic.twitter.com/t1eH82mCe7— Jon M. Chu (@jonmchu) November 5, 2021
“’Pink Goes Good With Green'” reads a card in a floral arrangement sent to Grande by Cynthia. “Congratulations Miss A, the part was made for you, I look forward to sharing this musical journey with you. Love, Cynthia.”
Dear Cynthia, honored doesn’t even begin to cover it. I cannot wait to hug you. See you in Oz,” Grande wrote in a message to Erivo, sent with a pink and green floral arrangement (the signature colors of Glinda and Elphaba).
Per Variety, Wicked is a prequel to The Wizard of Oz, telling the story of everything leading up to Dorothy’s arrival in Oz. In its original Broadway run, Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth portrayed frenemies Elphaba, who would become the Wicked Witch of the West, and Glinda the Good Witch.
A decade ago, Ariana Grande tweeted after seeing Wicked that she so badly wanted to play Glinda at some point in her life, claiming it to be a dream role of hers. Now, we can see her dream come to fruition!
Loved seeing Wicked again... amazing production! Made me realize again how badly I want 2 play Glinda at some point in my life! #DreamRole— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) December 2, 2011