Ariana Grande is fully embracing her role as “Glinda the Good Witch.”
The triple threat shared brand-new, never-before-seen photos of herself in a recording booth wearing pink and working on “Wicked” the movie.
She didn’t include sound to the video, but we know she’s been splitting her time in the US and across the pond in London for the film.
Ariana Shares BTS Look Of Her Filming “Wicked”
Grande donned a cute school girl skirt, light pink sweater, pink gloves, white ankle socks and bubble gum pink platform high heels in one video. She captioned it, “the most grateful girl in the bubble.”
Glinda famously visits Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz” in a bright pink bubble.
She also posted a video of Jennifer Coolidge dressed as Glinda the Good Witch. The video once again did not have sound.
Coolidge has been a favorite actress of Grande’s and she starred in her “thank you, next” music video in 2019.
She reprised her role as Paulette Bonafonté Parcelle from the “Legally Blonde” film series for the music video.
In addition to Glinda-based content, Grande shared new pics of her husband, Dalton Gomez.
Ari Shares New Pictures With Her Husband
Earlier this year, the “Dangerous Woman” songstress was spotted in London wearing head-to-toe pink while leaving the set of “Wicked.”
This is the first time Ari was seen on the set for the film adaptation of the Broadway musical.
Ariana was accompanied by her husband. He looked ever-the supportive husband and sported a matching pink face mask with his wifey.
In photos obtained by the Daily Mail, the songstress flaunted her tiny frame in a pink turtle neck, white skirt and pink face mask. She carried her belongings in a pink, fuzzy purse.
According to reports, Grande and Gomez will be renting a massive London mansion while she films. Their temporary home is reportedly eight-figures.
Ariana will play Glinda opposite of Cynthia Erivo as Elphaba.
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Elphaba was originally brought to life by Broadway icon Idina Menzel.
If you are unfamiliar with the play, Broadway.com reports, “’Wicked’ spotlights the untold stories of Oz’s most famous (or infamous) characters, namely the Wicked Witch of the West and her unlikely friend, Glinda the Good Witch. The show follows green-skinned star Elphaba from birth to college and through the life-changing events which eventually label her “wicked,” introducing spoiled rich girl Glinda, local prince and heartthrob Fiyero and even the Wizard of Oz himself, a troubled man very unlike the one you may remember. As Elphaba fights injustice and seeks to undo the mistakes of the past, dark secrets and personal tragedies shape the history of Oz, paying homage to the classic Wizard of Oz story while simultaneously changing fans’ understanding of it forever. A cautionary tale about love, friendship and trust, ‘Wicked’ effortlessly reveals that there are indeed two sides to every story.”
Earlier this year, The Blast reported on the film’s director, John M. Chu, announcing the film will be split into two-parts.
“Wicked” Will Be Split Into Two Parts
In a lengthy note posted to Instagram on Tuesday, April 26, Chu wrote, “SPECIAL WICKED UPDATE/ Thank you for all the support these past several months in anticipation of the WICKED movie. We have so many exciting things to share but for now I’m giving you one… or two, rather.”
— Jon M. Chu (@jonmchu) April 26, 2022
Chu then went on to explain that he and his team were having a difficult time cutting down the musical numbers, songs and script.
“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 promised fans that he, Grande, Erivo, and the cast and crew would 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 in those who are unfamiliar.
“WICKED” part one will be released in December 2024, and part two of the adaptation will be released in December 2025.
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While Chu’s message was positive, it garnered A LOT of negative reactions.
“Have you considered just making one two-and-a-half hour movie? Why are film studios and directors so opposed to just taking a stage show and not cutting anything? If it can fit on stage for one evening there’s no reason. It can’t be the same on film. Makes no sense,” one frustrated fan tweeted.
“How is it that a ~2.5 hour stage musical (with a 15-20 minute intermission) doesn’t fit into a ~2.5 hour movie? I mean, that already gives you ~20 *more* minutes of time in the movie for the same material,” yet another frustrated fan questioned.
One critic tweeted, “This is a very bad decision. Where are you going to end the first film? At ‘Defying Gravity’ and you’re going to leave part 2 without the show’s biggest and most recognizable song? I. knew when you were announced as the director that only dumb decisions would be made.”
One person hilariously joked, “So thankful that we’ll get more in-depth info on ‘townsperson #3’s’failed marriage.”