The Wicked movie’s ever-expanding cast now includes Bowen Yang
John M. Chu’s Devilish transformation proceeds with its tireless endeavors to project Every one Individuals this week; Chu has now revealed that a number of additional cast members, including Saturday Night Live star Bowen Yang, have also joined the musical adaptation. Chu first revealed yesterday that Michelle Yeoh had joined the project in the crucial role of Madame Morrible.
Yang and Harlots actress Bronwyn James, who was recently cast, will play Elphaba’s Shiz University classmates. Marissa Bode, who, like Bode, uses a wheelchair, has been cast in the main role of Elphaba’s sister Nessarose. Keala Settle, Aaron Teoh, and Colin Michael Carmichael are among the new cast members whose roles have not been revealed.
Chu has been putting together the cast for this musical adaptation of the Gregory Maguire book by Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman, which was based on L. Frank Baum’s Oz series. Erivo was the first to be cast, along with Ariana Grande, who will play Glinda, Elphaba’s extremely “Popular” foe, in the film. Johnathan Bailey plays Elphaba’s potential love interest, Fiyero, and Jeff Goldblum plays that infamous whiz, if there ever was one.
Right now, Wicked is getting ready for an ambitious two-part release plan, with the first part coming out on Christmas 2024 and the second one coming out a year later. Like the first act of the play and, in our experience, more than one overly ambitious karaoke party, the first part will presumably conclude with a rendition of “Defying Gravity,” the show’s breakout song.) Due to their centrality to the plot, Bode and Yeoh will almost certainly appear in both parts. However, the fate of the Shiz-based characters in part 2 is unknown.