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The Internet Really Doesn’t Want James Corden In The WickedMovie

The Internet Really Does NOT Want James Corden In the 'Wicked' Movie

The Internet Really Does NOT Want James Corden In the 'Wicked' Movie
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A Change.org petition has racked up tens of thousands of signatures demanding the actor not appear in the beloved musical’s cast.

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While fans of Wicked might be counting down the minutes until they can finally set eyes on its film adaptation, one face they apparently don’t want to see among its cast is James Corden’s. That is if one rapidly growing Change.org petition is any indication. As of this writing, more than 38,000 (and counting) individuals have signed the petition which makes one simple demand: “James Corden in no way shape or form should be in or near the production of Wicked the movie. [T]hat’s pretty much it.”

The thing is, Corden hasn’t actually been confirmed as a cast member... yet. 

The remake is set to star Cynthia Erivo and Ariana Grande as the witches Elphaba and Glinda, and will be directed by Crazy Rich Asians filmmaker Jon M. Chu. However, Universal, the studio behind the film, has yet to announce who will make up the supporting cast of the beloved and award-winning musical’s first movie outing. As such, this petition might seem a bit premature. However, in the case of the Late Late Show host, recent events have led the petition’s creators to believe they needed to get out ahead of any official announcements. 

You see, over the last few years, Corden has become a bit of a staple of musical film adaptations. He appeared as The Baker in Into the Woods, as Bustopher Jones in Cats, as a mouse-turned-footman in Cinderella, and even as Barry Glickman in Prom — a role that earned the actor a Golden Globe, along with plenty of criticism from queer folks who found his portrayal of a gay man offensive. This series of roles has left some fans of Wicked concerned that it’s a near certainty Corden will appear in this musical as well. 

Not only are they making their voices heard via the petition, but many have taken to social media to express their ardent desire that Wicked remain 100 percent Corden-free.

Production on the musical’s film adaptation begins in June 2022. As for who will be on that call sheet, we’ll just have to wait and see.

 

 

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Rachel Shatto, Editor in Chief of PRIDE.com, is an SF Bay Area-based writer, podcaster, and former editor of Curve magazine, where she honed her passion for writing about social justice and sex (and their frequent intersection). Her work has appeared on Elite Daily, Tecca, and Joystiq, and she podcasts regularly about horror on the Zombie Grrlz Horror Podcast Network. She can’t live without cats, vintage style, video games, drag queens, or the Oxford comma.

Rachel Shatto, Editor in Chief of PRIDE.com, is an SF Bay Area-based writer, podcaster, and former editor of Curve magazine, where she honed her passion for writing about social justice and sex (and their frequent intersection). Her work has appeared on Elite Daily, Tecca, and Joystiq, and she podcasts regularly about horror on the Zombie Grrlz Horror Podcast Network. She can’t live without cats, vintage style, video games, drag queens, or the Oxford comma.