Universal Pictures Moves Up ‘Wicked’ Release to November

Universal Pictures Moves Up ‘Wicked’ Release to November

Universal Pictures has accelerated the launch date for the highly anticipated cinematic rendition of the beloved Broadway sensation Wicked, now set to enchant audiences starting November 22.

Originally slated for a later release, this strategic move aims to ignite excitement ahead of the holiday season and strategically position itself apart from Disney’s upcoming Moana 2.

Directed by Jon M. Chu, and headlined by powerhouse talents Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo, Wicked promises a spellbinding journey into the untold story of the witches of Oz. Grande takes on the role of Glinda, the Good Witch, while Erivo captivates as Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West.

The film adaptation draws inspiration from Gregory Maguire’s novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, a reinterpretation of L. Frank Baum’s classic tale. It unfolds against the backdrop of the iconic 1939 musical The Wizard of Oz, blending nostalgia with fresh narrative twists.

Joining the star-studded cast are Michelle Yeoh, Jonathan Bailey, Ethan Slater, Jeff Goldblum, and Bowen Yang, promising a captivating ensemble performance under the guidance of producers Marc Platt and David Stone.

“We dreamed very, very, very big for Wicked,” Chu enthused during the CinemaCon preview in Las Vegas earlier this year. “A magical land of sights and sounds that will astonish, and performances that will lift your spirits and occasionally break your heart.”

In a strategic theatrical move, Wicked will now share its debut date with Paramount’s Gladiator II, featuring Paul Mescal in Ridley Scott’s anticipated sequel to the Oscar-winning historical epic of 2000. This dual release promises to captivate diverse audiences seeking both fantasy enchantment and gritty historical drama.

The release of Wicked marks just the beginning of a two-part saga, with the sequel, Wicked: Part Two, already scheduled for November 26, 2025, ensuring fans a prolonged journey into the enchanted realms of Oz.

As anticipation mounts and the holiday season beckons, Universal Pictures’ decision to move up the release of Wicked sets the stage for a cinematic spectacle destined to redefine the magic of musical theater on the silver screen.