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Ariana Grande’s Glinda Looks Bolder Next to Cynthia Erivo’s Elphaba in Darker Than Expected ‘Wicked’ Trailer

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Ariana Granda in “Bad Guys”.


“Are people born evil? It certainly looks like Glinda – played by Ariana Grande – could feature in the latest trailer for the spectacle film based on the Broadway musical (which, in turn, is based on the bestselling book by Gregory Maguire).

At first glance, the trailer released Wednesday is a glorious dance of color and a symphony of two of the industry’s most revered musical voices, that of Grande and Academy Award nominee and Tony winner Cynthia Erivo. Watch the preview again, though, and you’ll notice the nuanced performances, with Grande’s Glinda seeming to be a little pricklier than the Glindas we’ve seen on stage performed by actors like the bubbly Kristin Chenoweth — who created the role on Broadway.

Designated as roommate, Glinda brings her new green friend Elphaba (Erivo) to her pink-drenched room in the trailer. The clip even highlights a particularly salty moment where Glinda jokes that she would give a decidedly ugly hat – but that she doesn’t “hate anyone that much” – and then entrusts it to Elphaba. This is just one of the moments that suggests a little more mean girl energy than just “folk” energy on the part of the Good Witch of the North.

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Cynthia Erivo in ‘Wicked’.

Later in the trailer, Elphaba’s particularly powerful powers are on display, much to Glinda’s dismay, leading headmistress Madame Morrible (Michelle Yeoh) to take notice and tell Elphaba, “You’re the one the wizard was waiting. »

Elphaba takes Glinda with her when she is summoned to the Emerald City to meet the powerful wizard (Jeff Goldblum), and it is here that they both begin to realize that, as Elphaba says, “something something serious is happening in Oz.

“The best way to bring people together is to give them a real good enemy,” says the Wizard, in a nod to some of the more political tones that suggest director Jon M. Chu’s cinematic tale (in two parts). of a notoriously digestible film. The Broadway musical may not shy away from highlighting the darker themes explored in the book.

Examples of this are disturbing propaganda images depicting Elphaba as someone to be feared, including a large, frightening banner of Elphaba draped over a building and a giant wooden effigy of her set on fire in the town square.

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(L to R) Cynthia Erivo and Ariana Grande in “Wicked.”

As the story of “Wicked” goes, Glinda eventually forms a sisterly bond with Elphaba, and that becomes clear in the trailer. But it’s Elphaba’s character arc that’s most compelling when Erivo’s chilling rendition of “Defying Gravity” rings out at the end of the preview. As Elphaba flies away on her broom, she says, “I’m not afraid. »

“It’s the Wizard,” she continued, “who should be afraid of me. »

The highly anticipated two-part film “Wicked” is a film adaptation of the famous Broadway musical, which is a prequel to “The Wizard of Oz.” It tells an alternate version of events in Oz before Dorothy’s arrival, exploring how Glinda and Elphaba’s “unlikely but deep friendship” evolves as their lives take different paths, according to an official synopsis.

“Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will see them ultimately fulfill their destiny as Glinda the Good and the Wicked Witch of the West,” reads the synopsis.

Jonathan Bailey, Bowen Yang, Ethan Slater and Peter Dinklage, among others, round out the cast.

“Wicked: Part 1” hits theaters on November 27. “Wicked: Part 2” will follow in late 2025.

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