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Filming of ‘Wicked’ Adaptation Delayed Due to Strikes: Ariana Grande Uses Downtime to Work on New Album


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Filming of ‘Wicked’ Adaptation Delayed Due to Strikes

Filming of ‘Wicked’ Adaptation Delayed Due to Strikes

The highly anticipated film adaptation of the Broadway musical ‘Wicked‘ has faced a setback as a result of the WGA writers strike. While the labor dispute has been resolved, the ongoing strike by SAG-AFTRA has prevented actors, including Ariana Grande, from returning to the set. Although this news may disappoint fans of the ‘Wizard of Oz’-inspired musical, it may offer a silver lining for Grande.

Productive Use of Downtime

The ‘Wicked’ adaptation, directed by John Cho and divided into two parts, is an enormous undertaking that requires the commitment of the entire cast and crew. Prior to the production suspension in July, Ariana Grande, who portrays Glinda in the film, had been dedicating much of her time to the project. However, since the halt in filming, Grande has reportedly been using her downtime wisely by working on her latest album. Although there is no indication of when the album will be released, the source reveals that Grande wants to be respectful of the ‘Wicked’ timeline but is known for dropping new music when she feels ready.

The news of Ariana Grande’s musical endeavors is sure to be music to the ears of her fans, even though there is currently no confirmed release date for the album. The source clarifies that Grande’s primary focus was on ‘Wicked’ before the filming interruption, but she chose to work in the studio during her unexpected free time. It is important to approach these claims with caution for now, but given Grande’s track record of productivity, it is not surprising that she is exploring new musical ventures. If released, this album will be her seventh, following her 2020 release ‘Positions’.

Commitment to ‘Wicked’ and Glinda Role

Although Grande has temporarily shifted her attention to music, she will ultimately return to complete her work on the ‘Wicked’ film when the actors and studios reach an agreement. It seems fitting for Grande to portray Glinda alongside Cynthia Erivo’s Elphaba, as she has a long-standing friendship with Kristin Chenoweth, who originated the role on Broadway. Chenoweth has praised Grande’s casting and expressed her satisfaction with Grande taking on the role. Fully aware of her responsibility to the fanbase, Grande’s dedication to the character of Glinda remains unwavering.

While it is unfortunate that the movie’s production is currently on hold, fans can eagerly await further updates on the actors’ strike and the subsequent progress of ‘Wicked’. Additionally, time will reveal whether the rumors of a new Ariana Grande album will come to fruition.

The first part of ‘Wicked’ is scheduled to hit theaters on November 27, 2024, with the second part set to debut on November 26, 2025, as part of the movie’s release schedule.

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