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Jeff Goldblum Confirms Role in ‘Wicked’ Musical, Talks Witches – The Hollywood Reporter


Jeff Goldblum shared a briefing on the upcoming Universal Pictures set of Broadway mainstay evil.

Hollywood Reporter I mentioned earlier that Jurassic Park The star has been in talks to sign to the John M. Chu-directed film as The Magician, and confirmed the role during an appearance on Wednesday at The Magician Jimmy Kimmel Live!

“I was in this group of evil. Once when he brought his two sons, River and Charlie, to talk about it, he said while talking about it, I’m not supposed to talk about it.

Then he explained to Kimmel that they had shown his children “one of my favorite films” – 1939 The Wizard of Oz – But that didn’t sit well with them. “It was very scary for them,” Goldblum said. “That witch is terrifying. Margaret Hamilton, terrifying.” He later added that they had not made it through watching the entire movie.

While on the subject of witches, the independence day The actor also mentioned him evil Saying, “You should see our witches, Cynthia Erivo and Ariana Grande, so good.”

Erivo was previously chosen to play Elphaba, with Grande taking on the role of Glinda in the film based on the Gregory Maguire novel and the Broadway musical adaptation. Bridgerton Star Jonathan Bailey was later revealed to be playing love interest Fierro and Michelle Yeoh would take over the role of Madame Morehy.

Goldblum went on to tell Kimmel about an emotional moment on set. “I shouldn’t be talking about it,” he recalled, “but I was shooting one day, and I found myself tearing up with fear, and a childhood fear came back to me.” He told a classmate Erivo about a nightmare he had as a child, which involved a “very scary queen/witch”, who tied him to a tree trunk and was “about to cut off my head”.

He said his two older brothers taunted him for being afraid of bad dreams for weeks, but that “witches scare me”.

It is adapted to the big screen Divided into two films, with the first film set to be released on November 27, 2024, and the second the following year.

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