Marvel's Jeff Goldblum confirmed to join Wicked movie musical
Marvel star Jeff Goldblum has confirmed that he has joined the cast for the movie adaptation of Wicked.
The actor – who appeared as Grandmaster in the credits of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2, as well as having a prominent role in Thor: Ragnarok and a deleted scene in Thor: Love and Thunder – has been linked with the project for the last few months, but revealed on Jimmy Kimmel Live! that he had now signed on to star in the film.
"I was just on this set of Wicked. I'm not supposed to talk about that, but it's been out and about," he said, before revealing that he took his sons, River and Charlie, to the set.
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Wicked serves as a spin-off to The Wizard of Oz, with the narrative focusing on Elphaba and Glinda before they become the Wicked Witch of the West and the Good Witch respectively.
The stacked cast includes Cynthia Erivo and Ariana Grande as the two witches, with Goldblum set to play the Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Michelle Yeoh, Jonathan Bailey and Ethan Slater also star, with John M Chu serving as director.
Goldblum praised the two lead stars from the film, saying that it brought back memories of his childhood after watching The Wizard of Oz.
"You should see our witches – Cynthia Erivo and Ariana Grande – [they are] very good," he said. "I was shooting one day, and I found myself tearing up in fear, a childhood fear came back to me."
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Originally billed as a standalone feature, the narrative will now be told across two parts, a decision that was explained by Wicked creator Stephen Schwartz: "We kept running into two problems. The first is that even as a very long single movie, it required us [to] cut or omit things that we wanted to include.
"[Secondly] we found it very difficult to get past 'Defying Gravity' without a break. That song is written specifically to bring a curtain down, and whatever scene followed it just seemed hugely anti-climactic."
Wicked: Part One is due to be released on November 27, 2024. Part Two is scheduled to be released in 2025.
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