It’s Finally Happening—The ‘Wicked’ Movie Has A Release Date

Wicked is a Broadway and musical theatre phenomenon that’s still going strong since it opened on Oct. 30, 2003.

It has likely been responsible for the coming of age of an entire generation of theatre geeks. It’s the second-highest grossing show in Broadway history!

The big question for fans of the musical, which won Idina Menzel who originated the role of  the witch Elphaba a Tony Award in 2004, has often been:

“When the hell are we going to get a Wicked movie?”

Guess what, guys? You’re in luck.

After years of delays, Universal Pictures announced on Friday that a Wicked film adaptation is scheduled to open on Dec. 22, 2021.

Filmmaker Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot and The Hours) signed on to direct, with a screenplay by writer Winnie Holzman (My So-Called Life) and composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz (Godspell) who penned the book and the music and lyrics for the Broadway musical.

Do you hear that?

That’s the sound of the entire theatre community rejoicing.

Then there’s the matter of casting.

Here’s some hot tea for you.

To be fair though, there are tons of versions of the Wicked movie musical out there.

Don’t believe us?

Back in 2016, the Wicked film adaptation was said to be scheduled for a December 2019 release, but Tom Hooper’s adaptation of Cats took over that date, pushing Wicked back.

Don’t delay it again, Hollywood, or we’ll have to release our flying monkeys.


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