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Wicked Movie to Star Cynthia Erivo and Ariana Grande!

Universal Pictures today confirmed that Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award winner, and two-time Academy Award nominee Cynthia Erivo and pop music sensation and Grammy Award-winning artist Ariana Grande are set to star the Wicked movie.

Erivo will play Elphaba and Grande is set to portray Glinda in the highly-anticipated movie, which is set to start production in Summer 2022 in the UK.

Wicked Movie to Star Cynthia Erivo and Ariana Grande!

Jon M. Chu (In the Heights, Crazy Rich Asians) will direct the Wicked movie, an adaptation of the record-breaking musical phenomenon of the same name, which is in its 18th smash-hit year on Broadway.

Cynthia Erivo is a Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress, singer and producer, as well as an Academy Award, Golden Globe, and SAG nominee. Erivo burst onto West End and Broadway stages in The Color Purple and has since taken the world by storm.

Erivo was recently nominated for an Emmy for her critically-acclaimed portrayal of Aretha Franklin in National Geographic’s Emmy-winning global anthology series Genius: Aretha. This season is the first-ever, definitive, and only authorized scripted limited series on the life of the universally-acclaimed Queenof Soul. The series premiered on National Geographic on March 21.

In addition to her illustrious acting career, Erivo is a Grammy-nominated songwriter and performer, often headlining sold-out shows, symphonies, and music spaces including the Kennedy Center Honors, the 2020 Academy Awards, the 2017 Governor’s Ball and the 2017 Grammy Awards. Erivo released her debut album, Ch. 1 Vs. 1, with Verve/Universal Music Group on September 17.

Grammy winning, multi-platinum recording artist and international superstar, Ariana Grande, is the first artist to hold the top three Billboard Hot 100 spots since The Beatles in 1964 with “7 Rings,” “Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored,” and “Thank U, Next.” In 2020, she became the first and only artist to have five singles debut at #1 in the charts history.

In 2021, Grande made history as the first artist to simultaneously hold three top 10 spots on Billboard Pop Airplay and Mediabase Top 40 Charts with “positions,” “34+34” and “pov.” By age 28, she released six albums which have all gone platinum and has surpassed 98 billion streams globally — she’s Spotify’s most streamed female artist of the past decade — while rapidly becoming one of the biggest pop stars of our generation with her powerhouse vocals and unmatched presence both on stage and with her fans.

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In 2019, Grande embarked on the Sweetener World Tour and performed over 100 shows throughout the year, including headliner sets at Lollapalooza and Coachella – where she was the youngest headliner in the festival’s history. In 2021, Grande was announced to join NBC’s The Voice as a coach. She can also be seen in the upcoming Adam McKay film Don’t Look Up opposite Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence, for Netflix.

At 15 years old, she landed the role of “Charlotte” in the Broadway production of 13. From there, she was cast in Nickelodeon’s Victorious, which led to a spin-off starring Grande’s character in Sam & Cat.

Grande’s other television credits include voice work in Family Guy, Winx Club and Underdogs with on-camera roles in Ryan Murphy’s Scream Queens and a guest role in Jim Carrey’s Kidding. In 2016, Grande starred as “Penny Pingleton” in Hairspray Live! for NBC. That same year she performed double duty as host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live.

Wicked, a three-time Tony Award-winning stage musical was adapted from Gregory Maguire’s bestselling novel by book writer Winnie Holzman and three-time Oscar-winning composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz. Holzman and Schwartz are currently collaborating on the screenplay adaptation.

With a national tour and multiple international productions, the stage musical has been seen by over 60 million people worldwide, making it one of the most successful theatrical ventures of all time.

Wicked has won over 100 international awards including a Grammy Award and three Tony Awards, and has been performed in over 100 cities in 16 countries including the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Japan, Germany, Holland, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, The Philippines, Mexico, Brazil, Switzerland, and China.

Wicked has been translated into six languages: Japanese, German, Dutch, Spanish, Korean, and Portuguese. Wicked on Broadway is produced by Universal Stage Productions, Marc Platt, the Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone.

The Wicked movie will be produced by Marc Platt through his Universal-based Marc Platt Productions. Senior Executive Vice President of Production, Erik Baiers and Vice President of Production Development Lexi Barta will oversee the project on behalf of Universal Pictures.

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