Whether or not you’re a musical theater fan, you’ve surely heard of Wicked. This charming and heartfelt musical about the unlikely friendship of the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch is a staple when it comes to Broadway. So, it’s no surprise that fans rejoiced with the news that it’s getting a movie adaptation.
We don’t know much about the film yet, but it was just confirmed that Jon M. Chu, who is best known for his critically acclaimed Box Office hit Crazy Rich Asians, will be directing it.
Chu took to Twitter to express what the opportunity meant to him. He tweeted lyrics of “Defying Gravity” – one of the musical’s most iconic songs – and attached a statement. In it, he talked about how he’s always felt out of place and like he needed to make good films to feel valued. So, when he first saw Wicked as it was being workshopped over a decade ago, it really struck a chord within him.
“To think that I have been invited to bring this timeless story to the biggest screens all around the world for people to experience with their family, best friends, and total strangers…of all walks of life, ages, shapes, and colors is like I’ve been invited to Oz by the Wizard himself,” he wrote.
He ended both the tweet and attached statement with something that had thousands of people sounding off in the replies and quote tweets: an earnest call for casting suggestions. “ So… Twitterverse, who should we cast?” he asked.
The road to actually going into production has been a long one, though, and when Stephen Daldry – the first director tapped to helm the film – left the project, it posed more uncertainty. But with a new director officially on the project, it might finally be getting back on track.