James Corden has a, mmm, controversial musical history that has left some Broadway fans hoping he’ll stay away from the hotly anticipated movie “Angry.”
An online petition to Universal Pictures, which is producing the upcoming film, urges the studio to exclude the Late Late Show host as a casting.
“James Corden should in no way be present in or near the production of The Evil movie,” the petition says. It had over 37,000 signatures as of Monday afternoon.
Over the weekend, Corden’s name went viral on social media for the movie, and of course, many comments didn’t support him.
Prior to his worldwide fame as a nightlife presenter, Corden received rave reviews and a Tony Award for his performance in the 2012 play One Man, Two Boss, which moved to Broadway after a successful performance in London.
However, much of the aversion to his alleged “wicked” casting stems from his previous roles in film adaptations of Broadway hits, including 2014’s Into the Woods and 2019’s Cats.
Last year, he co-starred with Meryl Streep in the Netflix musical Prom Night, and his portrayal of a gay, unemployed actor who acts on behalf of a lesbian teen has been critically acclaimed. Vanity Fair considered his performance “both horrible and incurably tasteless,” and Newsweek called it “offensively untrue.”
Corden representatives did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment.
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 premiered on Broadway in 2003 with Christine Chenoweth and Idina Menzel, the latter of whom won a Tony Award for her role as Elfaba.
Rumors of a film adaptation began shortly thereafter, but the idea languished in development until it was announced earlier this year that John M. Chu, whose work includes Crazy Rich Asians, had been selected to direct.
Last week, Cynthia Erivo and Ariana Grande officially joined the project, playing Elfaba and Glinda respectively.