For his part, Wicked film director Jon M. Chu gushed about Ariana, 28, and Cynthia, 34, on social media and shared screenshots of the two stars’ faces from when they each learned they had landed the gig.
“These two witches!!” Jon wrote. “The emotional moment I got to tell @cynthiaerivo and @arianagrande that they were our Elphaba and Galinda in the @WickedMovie for @unistudios. wait until you see what they bring!! It is other worldly. Ahhhhh!!!”