West End Wilma Award Winner Cynthia Erivo to play Elphaba in the new WICKED film

West End Wilma Award Winner, Cynthia Erivo has been announced to play the role of Elphaba in the long awaited film adaptation of Wicked the Musical. Cynthia won the ‘Rising Star’ award in 2014.

Pop sensation Ariana Grande will play the role of Glinda.

The film, which has been being talked about since 2004, is due to start work in the Summer in London with further casting to be announced.

Wicked, based on the American novel ‘Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West’ by Gregory Maguire, is not, in fact, a prequel as everyone deems. The musical, utilising the same themes and characters as The Wizard of Oz, is described by the author as ‘a re-imagining of the same world’, eclipsing the narrative of the classic Dorothy adventure to create a ‘parallel universe’.