‘Wicked’ Trailer: Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo add a new twist to the classic fairytale


The entertainment world was abuzz with excitement when the first-look trailer of “Wicked” was unveiled during one of the most-watched events in American television history—the Super Bowl. The teaser of Jon M. Chu’s highly anticipated movie musical instantly captivated millions of viewers, giving them a fleeting but spellbinding peek into the reimagined land of Oz. Plastered across social media platforms was the simple yet alluring tagline: “Wicked. See it on the big screen this Thanksgiving.” The tweet, accompanied by a magical green and pink heart emoji theme, lit up the internet, sending fans into a frenzy of anticipation.

“Wicked” boasts an outstanding cast with Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo stepping into the roles of Glinda the Good Witch and Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, respectively. The film, scheduled to premiere on November 27 this year, is an adaptation of Gregory Maguire’s novel, which stirred the imaginations of readers long before it became a cultural phenomenon on Broadway. The story delves into the rich backstory of Oz, well before Dorothy Gale’s house ever crashed into this strange and colorful world. It’s a narrative focused on the poignant and complex relationship between two unlikely friends who eventually rise to become Glinda the Good Witch and the infamous Wicked Witch of the West.

Alongside Grande and Erivo, the star-studded cast includes Michelle Yeoh, who will bring the formidable Madame Morrible to life. Adding to the enchantment, Jonathan Bailey has been cast in the role of Fiyero Tigelaar, a charming prince with a complex love story woven into the fabric of the storyline. The talented Ethan Slater will play Boq, while the comedic prowess of Bowen Yang graces the film as Pfannee. Last, but certainly not least, Jeff Goldblum will take on the role of the enigmatic Wizard of Oz, rounding out an eclectic ensemble that’s bound to translate into cinematic magic.

The adaptation’s arrival on the silver screen will be an unprecedented event—marked as the first installment of a two-part series that promises to unravel the layers of Oz’s storied past. With the sequel already slated for a November 26, 2025, release, audiences can look forward to a prolonged dive into the world that has captivated so many for over a century. This chronological separation of the tale promises depth and a pace that will allow for a thorough exploration of the characters’ arcs, a treat for devoted fans and newcomers to the Wicked universe alike.

In true Hollywood fashion, the trailer’s release was carefully timed to harness the massive viewership of the Super Bowl, reminding us all that the film industry knows how to court its audience. Afficionados and curious minds alike are encouraged to watch the trailer, which is available across various media outlets. As the release date inches closer, the fervor surrounding “Wicked” continues to swell, hinting at what is likely to be one of the biggest cinematic events of the year.

A theatrical experience such as this holds the promise of transporting audiences away from the mundanity of everyday life and into a realm where broomsticks fly, and roads are paved with yellow bricks. It’s an invitation to rediscover wonder, reinvent memories of a beloved story, and witness the transformation of a classic fairytale through the lenses of modern cinematography and star-studded performances. One thing is for certain—as Thanksgiving approaches, millions will be saying “there’s no place like the theater,” eager to see the world of “Wicked” materialize before them.

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