Jeff Goldblum is following the yellow brick road.
Actor John M. Choo is in final talks to play the Wizard in the upcoming “Wicked” movies. Variety specially learned.
The latest casting news comes more than a month later Variety It was first reported that Fiero would be played by “Bridgerton” star Jonathan Bailey.
Chu’s two-part feature adaptation is headlined by Ariana Grande as Glinda and Cynthia Erivo as Elphaba. The Universal Pictures films are set for Christmas releases in 2024 and 2025.
“Wicked” is a prequel to “The Wizard of Oz,” telling the story of how Elphaba became the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch.
“We decided to give ourselves a bigger canvas and make not just one ‘Wicked’ movie, but two!” Chu wrote in a statement when the studio announced the adaptation would come in two parts. “With more space, we can tell the story of ‘Wicked’ as it was meant to be told, bringing more depth and surprise to the journey of these beloved characters.”
While walking the red carpet at the Los Angeles premiere of Disney’s new “Pinocchio” in September, Erivo shared what it was like working with Grande.
“I love him, really,” laughed the Tony-winner. “She’s funny and incredibly talented and incredibly sweet and really hard-working. We’re both working really hard together. I’m excited for both of us.”
Erivo also agreed to expand the stage show into two films. “I was like, ‘Okay then, I think we’ve got our work cut out for us.’ It’s full,” she said. “And kind of exciting, because it means we have more stories to tell — more room, more real estate to tell these two stories.”