During the Super Bowl on Sunday, the trailer for renowned musical Wicked was unveiled. Jon M Chu directs the two-part grand musical from a screenplay by Winnie Holzman and Stephen Schwartz. Based on Gregory Maguire’s 1995 novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, the movie stars Ariana Grande, Cynthia Erivo, and Michelle Yeoh in the leading roles. (Also Read: Wicked debuts first look with Ariana Grande’s Glinda and Cynthia Erivo’s Elphaba, fans say ‘please use better lighting’)

Cynthia Erivo and Ariana Grande in a still from Wicked

Highlights from the trailer

After encountering Cynthia’s Elphaba, also known as the Wicked Witch of the West, with her green skin, Ariana’s Glinda the Good appears to grow closer to her. Elphaba explains, “Something just takes over me and when it does, bad things happen,” as Madame Morrible, played by Michelle, advises her to harness her emotions, stating that ‘sky is the limit.’

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The film’s events take place before the Oz that Dorothy encounters, and are more aligned with the Broadway musical, which is inspired by the novel. It narrates the backstory of both witches. Elphaba says in a scene, “It’s the Wizard who should be afraid of me,” setting things in motion, while the trailer also offers a brief glimpse of Dorothy.

Jonathan Bailey portrays Fiyero Tigelaar, Ethan Slater plays Boq, Bowen Yang takes on the role of Pfannee, and Jeff Goldblum appears as the Wizard of Oz in the film. Jeff’s Wizard can be heard saying in the trailer, “The best way to bring folks together is to give them a real good enemy,” suggesting that Elphaba will serve as that adversary.

Insights about Wicked

Wicked is renowned not only for its narrative but also for the musical numbers showcased in its Broadway production. Songs like Defying Gravity, which is featured in the trailer, Popular, and The Wizard and I, are popular among singers. The first part of Wicked is set to hit screens later this year, while the second part is scheduled for release next year.

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