Casting rumours for the two lead parts in the film have been circulating for months since Jon M. Chu of In the Heights was named as director.
“Goooood Newwwws!!! The incredible #CynthiaErivo and @ArianaGrande will be our Elphaba and Galinda in @WickedMovie @UniversalPics Get ready for a match-up like you’ve never seen!!! In pink and green!!!” Chu captioned a tweet.
The stars announced their castings in respective Instagram posts on Thursday evening.
“Dear Cynthia, honoured doesn’t even begin to cover it. I cannot wait to hug you,” Grande wrote in a message to Erivo, sent with a pink and green floral arrangement (which happens to be the trademark colors of Glinda and Elphaba).