If you’re excited for the upcoming film adaptation of Wicked, get ready to be more excited! Jeff Goldblum has confirmed that he will star in the upcoming flick.
There had been speculation for awhile that Goldblum, 70, would play the Wizard in Jon M. Chu’s adaptation of the Broadway musical. And now, Goldblum is confirming that he has joined the film.
“I was just on this set of ‘Wicked’. I’m not supposed to talk about that. But it’s been out and about.” Goldblum mentioned while appearing on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’.
“You should see our witches, Cynthia Erivo and Ariana Grande, very good,” he added. “I shouldn’t talk about it, but I was shooting one day, and I found myself tearing up in fear, a childhood fear came back to me.”
Goldblum went on to note that he told his co-star, Erivo, who plays Elphaba, about a childhood nightmare he had about a “very scary queen/witch,” who tied him to a tree stump and was “going to chop off my head”.
The Wicked Cast Has an Impressive Lineup
Jeff Goldblum joins an impressive line up of stars in Wicked. He’ll star alongside The actor joins a host of stars in the movie alongside Erivo as Elphaba, Grande as Glinda, and Jonathan Bailey as Fiyero. Bowen Yang, Marissa Bode, Bronwyn James, Keala Settle, Aaron Teoh and Colin Michael Carmichael also make up the ensemble cast of the film, which will be broken into two parts.
Bode will be playing Elphaba’s sister, Nessarose. And Yang and James will be playing classmates of Elphaba and Glinda at Shiz University. Settle will play Miss Coddle, Teoh will portray Avaric, and Carmichael will be Nikidik.
Additionally, Michelle Yeoh will play Madame Morrible, the Headmistress of Crage Hall at Shiz University who convinces Elphaba to create the flying monkeys, while she sings in the ‘The Wizard and I.’ And Ethan Slater was also recently unveiled as Boq.
The Decision to Break the Story into Two Films
Director Jon Chu recently commented on the decision to break the movie into two-parts, noting that it would be “impossible” to fit everything into one film.
“Thank you for all the support these past several months in anticipation of the ‘WICKED’ movie. Here’s what happened: as we prepared
this production over the last year, it became increasingly clear that it would be impossible to wrestle the story of ‘WICKED’ into a single film without doing some real damage to it. With more space, we can tell the story of WICKED as it was meant to be told while bringing even more depth and surprise to the journeys of these beloved characters.” Chu stated.
The release is still more than a year away, with Wicked: Part One scheduled for release in December 2024. And the second part following in 2025. We’ll keep you posted as more news surfaces on the upcoming flick!