Bowen Yang, Marissa Bode, and More Round Out the “Wicked” Movie Cast

Bowen Yang, Marissa Bode, and More Round Out the “Wicked” Movie Cast

After more than a decade of attempts, the “Wicked” movie is really happening. Back in November 2021, director Jon M. Chu (who directed “Crazy Rich Asians” and “In the Heights”) announced that the film will star Ariana Grande as Glinda the Good Witch and Cynthia Erivo as Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West.

As the movie heads into production this month, Chu has been rounding out the film’s cast. On Dec. 9, Bowen Yang, Marissa Bode, Bronwyn James, Keala Settle, Aaron Teoh, and Colin Michael Carmichael all joined the cast. Universal did not immediately reply to POPSUGAR’s request for comment, but Deadline first reported the news. Deadline also seemingly confirmed that Jeff Goldblum will be playing the Wizard, which had been rumored for weeks.

Just the day before, the movie added yet another superstar to the cast: Michelle Yeoh as Madame Morrible. Yeoh is currently stirring up major Oscar buzz for her starring role in 2022’s “Everything Everywhere All at Once” and most recently appeared in Netflix’s “The School For Good and Evil.” Chu revealed on Twitter that he texted Yeoh, whom he previously worked with on “Crazy Rich Asians,” to ask if she wanted the role.

Back in September, we also learned that “Bridgerton” heartthrob and Olivier Award winner Jonathan Bailey will appear in the films as the story’s main love interest, Fiyero. Chu confirmed Bailey’s casting on Sept. 21 on Twitter. “He’s perfect, they’re perfect. They’d be perfect together. Born to be forever,” wrote Chu. “I am too excited to pretend this hasn’t been happening. We have a Fiyero!!!! #JonathanBailey #Wicked.”

On Oct. 11 during preproduction, Grande shared some Instagram photos from “Wicked” rehearsals. In the carousel’s first photo, the star posed alongside Erivo in a dance studio, and in another, she smiled alongside choreographer Will Loftis, showing the “Wicked” cast in the midst of getting ready for the movie’s epic musical numbers.

The cast and crew have been keeping fans updated with exciting announcements since the film was first confirmed. In an April Twitter post, Chu revealed that they’re actually going to split the musical into two films. He wrote in part, “Here’s what happened: As we prepared this production over the last year, it became increasingly clear that it would be impossible to wrestle the story of ‘Wicked’ into a single film without doing some real damage to it. As we tried to cut songs or trim characters, those decisions began to feel like fatal compromises to the source material that has entertained us all for so many years.”

He continued, “So we decided to give ourselves a bigger canvas and make not just one ‘Wicked’ movie but TWO!!!! With more space, we can tell the story of ‘Wicked’ as it was meant to be told while bringing even more depth and surprise to the journeys of these beloved characters.”

Chu added, “Cynthia, Ariana and I — and all the cast and crew — pledge to create nothing less than an experience that honors its foundation for all the fans who’ve waited for this movie, and to offer a thrilling, fantastical world full of dynamic characters that invites those who are unfamiliar.” The director also wrote that the first movie would come out Christmas 2024 and the second would hit theaters Christmas 2025.

Here’s everything we know so far about the “Wicked” films, including release dates, trailers, music, and a full breakdown of the cast of characters.