Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo are the Glinda and Elphaba we need and deserve in the first official trailer for Wicked. 

Directed by John Chu, the upcoming musical blockbuster reveals the “untold story” of the aforementioned witches: Elphaba, a misunderstood (and powerful) woman as a result of her green skin, and Glinda, a popular blondie “gilded by privilege and ambition”.

The synopsis reads: “The two meet as students at Shiz University in the fantastical Land of Oz and forge an unlikely but profound friendship. Following an encounter with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, their friendship reaches a crossroads and their lives take very different paths.

“Glinda’s unflinching desire for popularity sees her seduced by power, while Elphaba’s determination to remain true to herself, and to those around her, will have unexpected and shocking consequences on her future.

“Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfill their destinies as Glinda the Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.”

Wicked’s cast is absolutely stacked, with supporting performances from Michelle Yeoh (Everything Everywhere All at Once) as Shiz University’s headmistress Madame Morrible, Jonathan Bailey (Fellow Travelers) as “roguish and carefree prince” Fiyero and Ethan Slater (Spongebob Squarepants) as Boq, an “altruistic Munchkin student”.

More star power incoming: newcomer Marissa Bode as Elphaba’s “favoured sister” Nessarose, Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park) as the Wizard of Oz, Bowen Yang (Fire Island) as Pfannee, Bronwyn James (Harlots) as ShenShen and Keala Settle (The Greatest Showman) as original character Miss Coddle.

In the spellbinding trailer, Glinda behaves like a spoiled diva while Elphaba showcases (and loses control of) her magical abilities, and Fiyero’s rather nice face has Shiz University’s students hot and bothered.

Wicked premieres 27 November, with the follow-up, titled Wicked Part Two, due for release 27 November 2025.

You can watch the trailer in full here or below.