Good luck, witch hunters! diversity has reported that none other than Michelle Yeoh, time‘s Icon of the Year and Star of everything everywhere at once has joined the cast of Evil Films as Madame Morrible, the principal at Shiz University with a penchant for inventing words and controlling the weather. The news comes a day after it was announced that Broadway’s is on Ethan Slater had snagged the plum roll from Boq, the munchkin head over heels for Glinda.
Slater and Yeoh join those previously announced Cynthia Erivo, Ariana Grande, Jonathan Bailey, and Jeff Goldblum in the wonderful world of Oz. Of course, the cast Evil is taking shape, with some key roles yet to be announced and quite a long way to go before the films are ready for public consumption. Before you get overwhelmed with anticipation, here’s everything we know about them Evil Movies so far and why we think they’ll be worth the wait.
When is Evil Come out?
Maybe a bullish move, Director Jon M. Chu made the decision to separate Evil into two films, with the first coming out on December 25, 2024 and the second on the same date the following year, December 25, 2025. “It was becoming increasingly clear that wrestling the story of was going to be impossible Evil into a single movie without actually doing any harm to it,” Chu wrote on social media on April 26 when announcing the news. “When we attempted to shorten songs or trim characters, those decisions felt like fatal compromises to the source material that has entertained us all for so many years.” So don’t worry, Ozians. It doesn’t sound like a classic Evil Songs like “Dear Old Shiz,” “A Sentimental Man,” and the absolute banger “Something Bad” are marred in the making Evil movies.
who is in there
After scouring all of Oz, Chu found his witches in Grammy, Emmy, and Tony winner Cynthia Erivo as Elphaba and pop sensation (and Broadway baby) Ariana Grande as Glinda. Given the sheer power and splendor of their voices and the fact that it was split into two films, some people think the two Beltresses should swap roles for the second film. But given that Grande went blonde for filming the movie, it’s unlikely that will happen.
Erivo and Grande will languish Bridgeton‘s Jonathan Bailey, who will play Winkie Prince Fiyero, and Jeff Goldblum, who is in final “talks” to play the Wonderful Wizard of Oz. In the last 24 hours, it has been announced that Broadway’s SpongeBob SquarePants, Ethan Slater, will play Munchkin Boq Everything everywhere at once‘s Michelle Yeoh will control the weather as Shiz University’s principal, Madame Morrible. The cast is, in a word, stacked.
Who could be in it?
Other big roles like Nessarose and Dr. Dillamond remain unoccupied, but the Internet has some ideas who else could be a citizen of Oz. Rumors have swirled that comedians like SNL‘s Bowen Yang and Chop scene thief Mega designer could appear in the film, although their involvement has not been confirmed.
Is this casting good?
Not only is it good, it’s practically perfect in every way (sorry wrong musical). Seriously, the casting is inspired and draws fans from different corners of the cultural landscape, from theater and popular music to television and beyond. Cynthia Erivo wasn’t just nominated for an Oscar in 2019 for her work as Harriet Tubman Harriet— has the dramatic skills needed to pull Elphaba through, she also has a superb voice that can knock down a joint, which she demonstrated eight times a week singing the 11 o’clock number “I’m Here.” The colour purple on Broadway, won her a Tony Award and made her an overnight international sensation. Erivo’s “Defying Gravity” will not exceed even the highest expectations.
As for Glinda, who cast Ariana Grande, one of the world’s biggest pop stars, known for her gorgeous lyrical soprano voice and enduring love of Broadway — remember she got her start in the industry with the lead Jason Robert Brown‘s 13– was definitely a smart move. It doesn’t hurt that Grande has seemingly been quietly promoting the role for years, going so far as to invite the original Glinda over to Kristin Chenoweth, to be their special guest The voice when she was a coach. Given her immense talent, Broadway roots, and countless fans, it’s no wonder Chu Grande said “yuh.”