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Wicked Film to Be Directed by Jon M. Chu

Chu helmed Crazy Rich Asians and In the Heights

Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel in Wicked
(© Joan Marcus)

Hot on the heels of bringing In the Heights to the big screen, Jon M. Chu has signed on to direct the long-discussed film adaptation of Wicked for Universal Pictures. Chu takes the reins from Stephen Daldry, who reportedly bowed out of the project last year after a multiyear attachment.

Wicked writers Winnie Holzman (book) and Stephen Schwartz (score) are collaborating on the screenplay. The 17-year-old musical is based on Gregory Maguire's bestselling novel of the same name.

Chu directed the film Crazy Rich Asians, as well as In the Heights, which is due for a simultaneous release in cinemas and on HBO Max later this year.

An official timeline for the Wicked film has not been revealed, nor has a cast.


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