Welcome to Oz! Like a house falling out of the sky, the first official photos from the two-part, highly anticipated Wicked films have dropped into our lives, courtesy of stars Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo.
Based on the musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Winnie Holzman, the Wicked films are being helmed by Crazy Rich Asians director John M. Chu. Wicked tells the story of the frenemy-ship between Glinda the Good Witch and Elphaba the Wicked Witch of the West, featuring beloved songs like “Popular,” “The Wizard and I,” and “Defying Gravity.” It’s now officially the fourth longest-running Broadway show of all time, surpassing Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Cats this month. A Wicked feature film has been in the works for almost 20 years—shortly since the musical premiered on Broadway on June 10, 2003, and made household names of its stars Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth.
And now, we finally have our first glimpse at our central witches. The photo of Erivo as Elphaba is shot from the back, almost completely obscuring her telltale green skin. We do, however, see her sporting her signature witch’s hat, looking as sharp as ever, as well as her signature broom.
In the photo of Ariana Grande as Glinda, we see her ascending a staircase from a distance, as regal as ever. Of course, she’s wearing pink—her favorite color—and we can see the side of her face in profile. Grande is also sporting her newly blonde tresses.