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‘Wicked’ Film Adaptation Finds Its Director in Jon M. Chu

Wicked the Musical. Photo by: Joan Marcus

Thank goodness! The long-awaited film adaptation of the musical Wicked finally has a director. Known for his gorgeous work on Crazy Rich Asians, Now You See Me 2, and the upcoming movie musical, In the Heights, Jon M. Chu announced his role in a recent tweet: 

Everyone who likes musicals went through their Wicked phase, and with Chu leading the team, I think they’re going to see a whole new batch of Wicked stans. No word on a cast or release date, but we will keep the Broadway Black readers updated with all the tea!

We have talked about Wicked a couple of times, mostly discussing the irony that in a show about a girl of another skin color being judged for what makes her different, there has been no full-time Black Elphaba in any North American company. In fact, there has never been a full-time Elphaba OR Glinda, just understudies, and standbys. In fact, Brittney Johnson only recently became the first Black woman to play Glinda on Broadway. Hopefully, we will see a little more color (and not just green) in the adaptation!

Check out our video on Brittney Johnson becoming Broadway’s first #BlackGlinda:

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