Get Lea Michele To Play Elphaba in the Wicked Movie

Get Lea Michele To Play Elphaba in the Wicked Movie

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Let's face it: a film adaptation of Wicked is no easy task.

Since its release, Wicked has become one of Broadway (and the world)'s most beloved musicals, even making it the second highest-grossing musical of all times. It's also one of the longest-running musicals in history and one that introduced us to incredible songs, the most famous one being "Defying Gravity". Its beautifully compelling and emotional story still dazzles and inspires so many people, it's long been a cultural phenomenon.

Besides, it saw the artistic birth of some of the greastest performers alive, such as Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel. Even if the entire cast (as well as the new casts that would come later on) all did an impressive job by accomplishing this theatrical masterpiece, most of the plot's weight relies mainly in the actresses portraying Elphaba and Glinda. So when director Stephen Daldry and producer Marc Platt start looking for women who could potentially fill in these huge shoes, they need to hire the best of the best to deliver all of the play's magic and mantain the incredible legacy Wicked has left so far.

While there are quite many choices out there, few could do a better job than Spring Awakening star Lea Michele Sarfati. It was due to this Tony Award-winning musical that she jumped to fame, landing a protagonical role in FOX's musical comedy "Glee" as diva Rachel Berry, a role that has earned her Grammy and Golden Globe nominations as Best Actress , aside from several Teen Choice Awards and Billboard's first ever Triple Threat Award. Even if her biggest successes were obtained in TV, it is in theatric roles where she shines the best.

This wouldn't be the first time Michele has proximity to the role, either. She has already performed several songs from Wicked, both on stage and on "Glee"; she personally knows Idina Menzel, the previous Elphaba, and they have even performed duets together. Their physical resamblance is so astonishing, Menzel played Michele's mother on the show, and not few were surprised when they found out they weren't related in real life. Even if their voices are somewhat different, Lea's more youthful and profound singing would definetely improve an already complex character in a considerable way, and her vocal control, sensitivity and musicality are almost unobtainable if Elphaba is played by anybody else.

One of the biggest contestants for the part is pop star Ariana Grande, who is, according to the film's executives, being "seriously considered" to play this role. This makes a lot of sense: after all, Ariana's career started in theatres, and there have been rumors around the fact that she could've even played Elphaba on Broadway, as she is a big Wicked fan. However, even if her voice is undeniably incredible, she lacks the emotional complexity in her singing, as well as the artistic attachment to the role, both things Lea has had for the longest of times. Michele is also use to work at a filming studio the most, due to her several years in professional television and her movies. Grande would be fit to act as other characters, even as the iconic Glinda (who she could play really, really well), but Michele is the perfect Elphaba adaptation for the big screen. 

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