Ariana Grande, at 29 years old, and her Wicked co-star Cynthia Erivo, 36, stepped onto the set of their highly anticipated project in the United Kingdom on June 15. The magical world of Oz came to life as the duo donned their enchanting costumes and embraced the transformative power of makeup. Captured by the camera lens, Ariana, known for her chart-topping hit “7 Rings,” radiated elegance in a silky pink robe, complemented by a dazzling blonde wig styled with Hollywood curls. Meanwhile, Cynthia captivated with her portrayal of Elphaba, dressed in a dark striped cardigan and a black skirt, her entire body adorned in captivating shades of green.
In between takes, Ariana and Cynthia engaged in deep conversation, immersing themselves fully in their roles. However, a tender moment of unity transpired as they stood side by side, breaking character momentarily. It was a heartfelt gesture that spoke volumes, considering their on-screen personas are portrayed as enemies. This special day on the movie set marked a significant milestone, eight months after Ariana shared a mirror selfie on Instagram with Cynthia. Accompanied by a simple exclamation point and bubbles emojis, the 29-year-old songstress left her fans elated. In response, Cynthia lovingly expressed, “Ilysm,” within the comments section, further solidifying their bond.
Directed by Jon M. Chu, 43, Wicked is slated for release on November 27, 2024, as revealed in Ariana’s Instagram post. Throughout the filming process, Ariana and the talented Harriet star formed a fast friendship, evident in their shared photos on March 26. Ariana captioned the post with a playful phrase, “up to (no) good,” accompanied by bubbles and a broom emoji. Her massive following of 374 million fans flooded the comments section with adoring compliments, recognizing the divine energy exuded by the duo. “The divine energy in this post,” one admirer remarked, while another added, “angels of talent.”
Two months ago, on April 3, the REM Beauty founder returned to Instagram to commemorate reaching the “halfway” point in the film’s production. She shared a captivating photo of herself against a rainbow backdrop, capturing the essence of her experience. Ariana’s heartfelt caption reflected her gratitude and profound growth during her time in Oz. She acknowledged the impact of her co-star Cynthia, referring to her as a brilliant twin flame and sister. The post overflowed with appreciation for their shared journey and the nurturing, intimate spaces they created together.
Notable names joining the Wicked project include Jonathan Bailey from Bridgerton, Michelle Yeoh from Crazy Rich Asians, comedian Bowen Yang, and Jurassic Park’s Jeff Goldblum, among others. On April 16, Jon took to Instagram to unveil the first glimpses of the movie, featuring Ariana and Cynthia fully immersed in their captivating characters. In his caption, he hinted at the untold story that unfolds when one veers off the Yellow Brick Road. The excitement was palpable, as Cynthia eagerly responded, “It’s been wonderful making magic with you.”
Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo’s captivating union in the filming of Wicked evokes a wave of emotions. Their commitment to their roles, evident in their captivating appearances, promises to transport audiences into the fantastical realm of Oz. As the anticipation builds, fans eagerly await the moment when they can witness the enchantment and magic woven by these two exceptional talents.