Wicked star Keala Settle reckons audiences 'are not ready' for ‘massive’ adaptation with Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo
12 Feb 2024, 15:21
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The highly-anticipated movie adaptation of Wicked is on another level that fans are “not ready” for according to its star Keala Settle.
The Greatest Showman star, who was recently unveiled as Air Fryer on The Masked Singer, stars as Miss Coddle, who is actually a new character created just for the film.
Cynthia Erivo and Ariana Grande star in Wicked, which turns the story of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz on its head by focusing on the journey of the Wicked Witch of the West. The movie will be released in two parts - with the first out in November.
The first-look trailer of Wicked aired during the 2024 Super Bowl game in Las Vegas on Sunday, and offered a deeper look at Erivo’s Elphaba and Grande’s Glinda.
It’s not yet known what kind of character Miss Coddle will be, but according to Keala, Wicked fans and newcomers alike should prepare themselves for one of the biggest movie releases of the year.
Virginradio.co.uk sat down with Keala after her The Masked Singer journey came to an end, and we couldn’t help but ask what fans can expect now the first visuals have dropped.
While having to keep her cards close to her chest, Keala revealed: “What I can tell you is the duo that has created the storyline, visually, which is the director Jon M. Chu, and his Director of Photography, Alice Brooks, have been working together for quite a while now. I've watched the progress and their career, because they’re originally from the US, and so to see it all conglomerate in that trailer, I thought to myself, ‘it doesn't get any better than this storytelling-wise.’
“They're incredible with their craft, and the way they curate and present these stories. It's just next level, and I'm so proud of them, and proud to be involved in it.”
Keala then praised “absolutely incredible” co-stars Cynthia and Ariana, and urged that the “world is not ready” for the spectacle.
She continued: “They’re not ready, but they'll have to be because we got to have two of them coming. It’s on a massive level. It was such a pleasure to work on and we filmed it here in the UK for the most part. It’s a privilege to even be counted among them. It’s gonna be great.”
Outside of Wicked, theatre star Keala recently swapped the bright lights of Broadway for The Masked Singer, and confessed there was a rather personal reason she said yes to the ITV competition.
“I've always been afraid of taking up space as who I am,” Keala candidly confessed. “So I've never really known who I am. I'm so busy being something else for other people, which I think we all are. But to the extent I have, it's exhausting me.
“When they approached me and asked, I sort of took a deep breath and said, ‘Yeah, let's do it.’”
Wicked is out in cinemas 27th November.
The final episode of The Masked Singer will air on Saturday at 7pm on ITV1, ITVX and STV.