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Jeff Goldblum to Play the Wizard of Oz

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Everyone’s favorite eccentric Jeff Goldblum will play The Wizard of Oz.

According to Variety, the Jurassic Park star will become the Man Behind the Curtain in Jon M. Chu’s upcoming Wicked movies.

A prequel to the Wizard of Oz, Wicked began life as a Broadway play, telling the story of how Elphaba became the Wicked Witch of the West, while Glinda became the Good Witch.

Jeff Goldblum will play The Wizard in the upcoming Wicked adaptations. Credit: Disney

The upcoming Wicked adaptation will actually be two movies – splitting the original story in two, with Goldblum playing the Wizard in both.

“As we prepared the production over the last year, it became impossible to wrestle the story of Wicked into a single film without doing some real damage to it,” Chu said at the time. “As we tried to cut songs or trim characters, those decisions began to feel like fatal compromises to the source material that has entertained us all for so many years.”

The upcoming films will adapt the Tony-Award-winning Broadway musical, which in turn, adapted the original novel, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire.

“We decided to give ourselves a bigger canvas and make not just one Wicked movie but two,” he added. “With more space, we can tell the story of Wicked as it was meant to be told while bringing even more depth and surprise to the journeys for these beloved characters.”

Wicked’s script is being written by Winnie Holzman, while Stephen Schwartz, who penned the songs for the original Broadway show, is on hand for the screenplay.

Marc Platt, who produced the stage play, returns to produce the films.

Jon M. Chu is directing the upcoming film adaptations following In the Heights – another stage-to-film project that hit screens in 2021.

Want to read more? Check out the Back to the Future Broadway adaptation as well as our first look at Bradley Cooper as Leonard Bernstein in Maestro.


Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for . You can follow him on Twitter.

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