The film adaptation of the Broadway “Wicked” has finally found a rival among the witches.
Variety announced Thursday that Cynthia Erivo and Ariana Grande will star in a long-cherished musical film directed by John M. Chu. Grande will play Glinda the Good Witch, and Erivo will challenge gravity as Elfaba, the Wicked Witch of the West.
Both stars shared the casting news on Thursday with emotional social media posts describing moments when Chu – whose work includes Crazy Rich Asians and In The Heights – told them each they got the roles.
“Pink goes well with green,” Erivo wrote, referring to Glinda and Elfaba’s signature colors. Hinting at one of her character’s most famous songs, Grande proclaimed, “Thank God.”
Based on the 1995 book by Gregory Maguire, Wicked is a reimagining of The Wizard of Oz, told from the perspective of the witches Oz Elfaba and Glinda. The musical debuted in 2003 and is currently the fifth longest running show on Broadway.
Many fans were quick to point out that Grande seemed to be predicting her own casting back in 2011 when she saw Wicked on Broadway.
Erivo, the 2020 Oscar nominee for Harriet, is best known for her Tony-winning role as Seli in 2015’s Broadway Magenta. She will also play the Blue Fairy in the Disney version. Pinocchio ”, which was filmed earlier this year.
Although she is internationally renowned as a pop singer, Grande began her Broadway career, starring in the short-lived musical 13 in 2008.
She also enjoys a long-standing friendship with the original Broadway Glynda, Christine Chenoweth. The two women co-star on NBC’s Live Hairspray! in 2016, and three years later she sang a duet on Chenoweth’s album For the Girls. This fall, Chenoweth joined NBC’s The Voice as an advisor to Team Grande.
Idina Menzel, who won the 2004 Tony Award for her role as Elfaba on Broadway, congratulated Erivo and Grande on Instagram.
“Congratulations to two wonderful women,” she wrote. “May it forever change your life for the better, as it does for us. So much love. “