Saturday, February 24, 2024

UPDATED 11-15 : 95,000 People Have Signed a Petition to Keep James Corden Out of Movie of Broadway Hit “Wicked”


updated 11/15

The number is closing in on 95,000 now.


updated 11/8

Those peeps are at it again!

Now 8,400 38,000 people have signed a petition to keep late night talk show host and erstwhile theater star James Corden from appearing in the movie version of “Wicked.”

You may have heard on Friday that Tony winner and Oscar nominee Cynthia Erivo and pop star Ariana Grande have signed on stars of the “Wicked” movie. I’ve no doubt that somehow their theatrical predecessors, Kristen Chenoweth and Idina Menzel, will at least make cameos.

But there are plenty of other roles in “Wicked,” namely the Wizard of Oz. And you can only imagine that Tony winner himself, Corden, has his eye on it.  Corden’s Tony wasn’t for a musical, it was for “One Man, Two Guvnors,” a hilarious theater performance piece. Still, he fancies himself a musical man and almost starred on Broadway in a revival of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.”

Since then, he’s turned up in movie musical versions of “Into the Woods” and “Cats,” each to different outcomes.  More recently he was in the screen adaptation of “The Prom.”

In the original stage production back in 2003, Joel Grey played the Wizard. So you could see maybe even Harry Styles in the film. Or maybe someone under 50 from the Broadway world.  Corden is man of many talents, but maybe he’ll sit this one out.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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