There's been plenty of stop-and-starts with this one – Stephen Daldry stepped down from the project last October – but it looks like things are finally kicking off for the Wicked Witch of the West's cinematic origin tale.
Deadline broke the news of Chu's involvement, and the man himself reacted to his appointment on Twitter yesterday (February 2), quoting the musical: "Too late for second-guessing[,] Too late to go back to sleep[,] It's time to trust my instincts[,] Close my eyes and leap..." before directly asking his followers who he should cast in the main role.
Next to this, Chu also attached a personal note explaining his fondness for the original show.
"Most of my life I have felt out of place, weird and different. I hid behind my camera because people liked to be filmed and I could disappear. I used my short films to wow people so I could feel valued. I felt GREEN in all the ways.
"To think that I have been invited to bring this timeless story to the biggest screens all around the world for people to experience with their family, best friends and total strangers... of all walks of life, ages, shapes and colours is like I've been invited to Oz by the Wizard himself," he added.
"So... who wants to be Elphaba and Glinda?"
Crack out your best cackle.
Expect Wicked to arrive in cinemas sometime next year.
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