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What is the relationship between “Wicked” and the classic “The Wizard of Oz”?

The first trailer for the film “Wicked” he was released this Wednesday (15). The film is inspired by the famous Broadway musical of the same name and follows the story of the witches Elphaba (Cynthia Erivo ) and Glinda (Ariana Grande ).

Directed by Jon M. Chu., the work is scheduled to premiere in November 2024 in theaters in the United States.

Elphaba and Glinda are not uncommon names for those who enjoy the story told in the classic “The Wizard of Oz”. The new feature is a prelude to the narrative created by L. Frank Baum in 1900.

What is the relationship between “Wicked” and the classic “The Wizard of Oz”?

Released to the world in book form, “The Wizard of Oz” tells the adventure of girl Dorothy, who is taken with her dog Totó to an unknown land by a cyclone. To be able to return home to Kansas, the two need to ask for help from the Wizard of Oz. On their journey to man, they encounter friends and dangers in the enchanted place.

Along the way, Dorothy bumps into the two witches. Glinda, known as the Good Witch of the South, helps the girl at the beginning and end of her journey to the magician. Elphaba, known as the Wicked Witch of the West, appears as the “villain” of the story and hinders the protagonist’s trajectory.

A film of the story was adapted in 1939 and features Judy Garland as the protagonist.

“Wicked”, on the other hand, focuses on the events before Dorothy’s arrival in the enchanted land. The prelude follows the story of Elphaba, a young woman who has not yet discovered her true power and is misunderstood because she has green skin, and Glinda, a popular and ambitious woman who does not yet know her true soul.

The two meet at Shiz University, in the Land of OZ, and become great friends. However, after an encounter with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, their lives take very different paths, leading them to fulfill their destinies as the Good Witch of the South and the Wicked Witch of the West.

Also in the film's cast will be: Oscar winner Michelle Yeoh, Jonathan Bailey, Tony, Ethan Slater, Marissa Bode and Jeff Goldblum.

With information from Fernanda Pinotti, from CNN.

Source: CNN Brasil

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