Jeff Goldblum Is ‘Wicked’s Wonderful-ish Wizard of Oz

Everyone deserves a chance to fly.

As someone with the Wicked soundtrack living rent-free in their head, I am super excited about the musical becoming a movie. The musical premiered in 2003, so getting a version on the silver screen has been a long time coming. Although we don’t know much about the film version yet, we know that it will actually be broken up into two movies. The first one isn’t set to premiere until December 2024, with the second part coming out the following year.

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However, most of the casting for Wicked has been announced, with main characters Elphaba and Glinda being played by Cynthia Erivo and Ariana Grande, respectively. But in the land of Oz, there is one man who looms larger than all the rest. He’s brilliant, charming, and beloved by all. Who could easily play such a character? Well, it seems like Jeff Goldblum might be the perfect man for the job.

The man behind the curtain

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that beloved actor Jeff Goldblum confirmed that he is playing the Wizard of Oz in the film adaptations of Wicked. Goldblum is most well-known for his roles in The Fly, Jurassic Park, and Thor: Ragnarok. And for being a generally amazing human. As a universally loved man, it kind of makes sense that he would play the man who redefined a whole realm.

In Wicked, the Wizard of Oz is a man who came from our world to the magical land of Oz. He has not yet become the powerful man behind the curtain. Instead, he is hailed as a brilliant professor who enjoys educating everyone he can. The Wizard considers himself a “sentimental man” who wanted to be a father and will treat the citizens of Oz like his children. He forms a special relationship with Elphaba, and with his help, Elphaba learns to fly and harness her powers. They later find out that their special connection is deeper than either realized. However, he is a much more sinister character than audiences first believe him to be.

Honestly, I love Jeff Goldblum so much that I would support him being in Wicked even if he played Glinda. He would bring his own special joie de vivre to a well-known character, making it fresh and new. Plus, we need Goldblum in a musical, stat.

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