POLL: Who should star in the movie version of Broadway's 'Wicked'?
It was really only a matter of time. "Wicked," the Tony-winning Broadway blockbuster, is being adapted into a major feature film, according to Deadline Hollywood.
To a certain extent, it was a no-brainer. An audience favorite since it opened in 2003, "Wicked" has toured the country and has become a familiar brand name even to people who don't usually go to the theater.
There's a lot of talk about who will direct the movie -- will it be Ryan Murphy or J.J. Abrams? Will James Mangold take the helm or will Rob Marshall inflict another turkey on us?
Perhaps the bigger question is which lucky pair of actresses will snag the roles of Glinda and Elphaba, the musical's sisterly protagonists? On Broadway, the roles were originated by Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel. (The latter won a Tony Award for her performance as the green-skinned Elphaba.)
Producers, including "Wicked" composer Stephen Schwartz, are making the talent agency rounds as "the move ramps up production. But why wait for Hollywood to make a casting decision? Let us know whom you want to see in the lead roles by taking our poll.
-- David Ng
Photo: a scene from the Broadway production of "Wicked." Credit: Joan Marcus / Associated Press.