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Ariana Grande to defy gravity as Glinda in ‘Wicked’ film

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Ariana Grande to defy gravity as Glinda in ‘Wicked’ film

CAST. Ariana Grande will be portraying Glinda in the upcoming 'Wicked' movie.

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The pop star is set to play Glinda the Good Witch, while Cynthia Erivo will be playing the Wicked Witch of the West, Elphaba

We only have happy tears left to cry, because Grammy-winning pop star Ariana Grande will soon be defying gravity as the next Glinda the Good Witch in the upcoming Wicked film.

Grande will be starring alongside Emmy-winning The Color Purple actress Cynthia Erivo, who will be portraying The Wicked Witch of the West, Elphaba Tropp.

Both stars announced the news on Instagram on Friday, November 5, sharing photos of the congratulatory pink and green floral bouquets they sent one another, representing the colors of Glinda and Elphaba.

“Dear Cynthia, honored doesn’t even begin to cover it. I cannot wait to hug you. See you in Oz,” Erivo’s card from Grande wrote.

“Congratulations Miss A, the part was made for you. I look forward to sharing this musical journey with you,” Erivo wrote Grande.

The casting of the film’s leads comes eight months after In The Heights and Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu was confirmed to direct the upcoming movie adaptation of the hit Broadway musical.

The Wicked film is set to start production in the summer of 2022 in the UK. It will be written by screenplay writer Winnie Holzman and composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz, who also worked on the musical’s music and lyrics. Original producer Marc Platt will also be on the team.

The Tony-winning Broadway gem, which has been running since 2003, is based on Gregory Maguire’s 1995 fairy tale revisionist novel, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, which was inspired by the 1939 MGM classic The Wizard of Oz film.

The musical is a prequel from the point of view of best friends-turned-enemies, Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West (Idina Menzel) and Glinda, The Good Witch (Kristin Chenoweth). – Rappler.com