'WICKED' Starring Ariana Grande is Now Casting

Ariana Grande

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Universal's Wicked is now casting and hiring actors to join the upcoming live-action musical production cast. Wicked starring Ariana Grande and John M. Chu, is now casting talent. The Wizard of Oz prequel is now casting actors to play the role of Nessarose, "Elphaba's "tragically beautiful," lonely, compassionate younger sister, she was always favored by their father."

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Wicked Casting Calls and Acting Auditions:

'WICKED' Casting Search

Casting Search for Universal Pictures' WICKED

Directed by Jon M. Chu

Produced by Marc Platt

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz

Screenplay and Lyrics by Winnie Holzman

Rehearsals Begin: June/July 2022 in the UK


  • Nessarose - to play female, 18-30, any ethnicity. Elphaba's "tragically beautiful," lonely, compassionate younger sister was always favored by their father. She has spent most of her life in a wheelchair. She becomes obsessively attached to Bow and ultimately because of the Wicked Witch of the East. She needs to have an excellent singing voice.


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About Wicked:

According to reports, John M. Chu, the director of the box office hit movie Crazy Rich Asians and In The Heights, is directing the upcoming feature film. Stephen Daldry left the Project, which has been in the works for over a decade.

Director John M. Chu shared his anticipation for the Project on social media, writing, "Most of my life I have felt out of place, weird and different. I hid behind my camera because people liked to be filmed, and I could disappear."

"But when I saw Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman's 'Wicked' over 15 years ago as it was being workshopped in San Francisco, I couldn't unsee it," he said on Twitter. "So 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."

What is the plot of Wicked?

Wicked is a prequel to The Wizard of Oz and centers around what happened before Dorothy dropped down in Oz. Initially, the show ran on Broadway, where Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth played best friend turned enemies. Elphaba (the eventual Wicked Witch of the West) and Glinda (the Good Witch). Before COVID and theater closures, Wicked had been one of the longest-running shows on Broadway.

Wicked Cast:

According to reports, Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo will star in the upcoming feature film. Erivo is a Grammy-, Emmy-, and Tony Award-winning actress, singer, and producer and an Oscar, Golden Globe, and SAG nominee. She started in the West End and Broadway in The Color Purple. She was nominated for an Emmy for her acting and playing Aretha Franklin in the National Geographic'santhology series Genius: Aretha. Erivo released her debut album, Ch. 1 Vs. 1, with Verve/Universal Music Group in September.

Ariana Grande is the first artist to hold the top three Billboard Hot 100 spots since The Beatles in 1964. She is a Grammy-winning, multi-platinum recording artist. By 28, she released six albums which have all gone platinum and surpassed 98 billion streams globally. 


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