‘Wicked’ Movie Gets 2021 Release Date So Prepare To Defy Gravity

The winds have changed -- again -- for the long-awaited film version of the smash-hit musical 'Wicked.'

Universal Pictures revealed on Friday that the film will land in US theatres on December 22, 2021 -- two years after its original release date.

Director Stephen Daldry, of Billy Elliot fame, is still set to helm the film, with Marc Platt (La La Land, Alladin) producing.

Winnie Holzman and Oscar-winning composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz are reteaming for the screenplay adaption.

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Platt, Holzman and Schwartz all worked on the Broadway show which debuted on 30 October 2003, at the Gershwin Theatre, New York.

Based on a 1995 book by Gregory Maguire, Wicked is a reimagining of The Wizard of Oz told from the perspective of two witches -- Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch.

Idina Menzel (left) and Kristin Chenoweth of 'Wicked' on stage. Image: Getty.

The original Broadway production -- which starred Idina Menzel as Elphaba and Kristin Chenoweth as Glinda -- went on to win three Tony Awards.

Universal had originally slated Wicked to open at the end of 2019 but decided instead to go with Cats, the big-screen adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash musical, instead.

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Wicked's cast has yet to be announced however names like Lea Michele -- who sang two songs from the musical while starring in Glee -- along with Amanda Seyfried, Anna Kendrick, Bette Midler and Nicole Kidman have been bandied around.

There's no word on an Australian release date but we will keep you posted.

Feature image: Getty.