Saturday, 16 October 2010

The inevitable question for Stephen Schwartz: Will Lea Michele star in the Wicked movie?

Stephen Schwartz has spoken to about the proposed film adaptation of Wicked (which, he cautions, is still "a twinkle in our eye":

"Lea Michele is fantastic," Schwartz told, "and it'd be silly to say she wouldn't be under consideration [for the role of Elphaba]."

Schwartz also revealed to that the movie version may require audiences to put on 3D glasses to see the witches of Oz fly.

"It'll probably be in 3D because that's where all [movies] are going," Schwartz told us. "We're talking to a lot of potential directors, as a lot of people know, and I think we'll make a decision pretty soon." Among the considered directors is Glee creator Ryan Murphy, who already has experience adapting popular books for film with Running with Scissors and this year's Eat Pray Love. "We like Ryan and had a great meeting with him," Schwartz said of the director. "I've always been a big fan of his."

So if Murphy does turn out to be Wicked's cinematic wizard, it makes a lot of sense to cast his super-popular, Emmy-nominated Glee star Michele as the green girl. But don’t line up for popcorn yet. Schwartz explained that Wicked fans should be patient since the film is still in very early development. "It's a twinkle in our eye," he said.

1 comment:

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