Wicked Movie Images Reveal First Look at Elphaba & Glinda in Costume

Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo share first look photos of themselves in character as Glinda and Elphaba in the upcoming film adaptation of Wicked.

The first official images from the upcoming Wicked film adaptation reveal Glinda and Elphaba in costume. Wicked‘s path to the screen has been circuitous, beginning as a 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire inspired by characters from The Wizard of Oz, which was then adapted by Winnie Holzman and Stephen Schwartz into a Broadway musical in 2003. The musical adaptation, which is being split into two parts with the first premiering on November 27, 2024, is being directed by Jon M. Chu and stars Cynthia Erivo as Elphaba (the future Wicked Witch of the West) and Ariana Grande as Glinda.

Today, Erivo and Grande took to Instagram for a surprise drop of two first look images showing off their characters from the Wicked movie. The images are both widescreen photos that show off the expansive sets of the film, with the characters rendered as tiny figures in the center of the frame. It’s not exactly a detailed glimpse at either iconic character, but it is the first time their official costumes have been revealed in any capacity. Check out both pictures below:

Elphaba & Glinda’s Roles in Wicked Explained

The 1939 film adaptation of The Wizard of Oz is likely the project that introduced most audiences to the characters of Glinda and the Wicked Witch of the West. While the Good Witch Glinda helps Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland) on her journey to get back home to Kansas from the magical land of Oz, the green-skinned Wicked Witch does everything in her power to steal her magical ruby slippers. While she is only ever presented as evil in the film and original books, Wicked offers a closer look at how she became that way.

In fact, in the story of Wicked, Glinda and Elphaba grow to become good friends after becoming roommates at the magical boarding school Shiz. When they are first thrown together, they butt heads, as dramatized by the iconic musical number “What Is This Feeling?” However, they begin to bond when Glinda decides to help Elphaba figure out how to raise her social stature in the song “Popular.”

Both of those songs are present in Act One of the original stage musical. Although it hasn’t yet been announced where the Wicked films will split the story, the break between the two acts seems the most likely place to do so. This means that a great deal of the first film will follow how they come together as friends before things get more complicated.

Source: ScreenRant