If Ariana Grande really wants to switch positions, Amanda Seyfried is off the books and available for the movie “Bad.”
Months after it was announced that the pop star had landed the role of Glinda in the upcoming film adaptation of the smash hit Broadway musical, Seyfried revealed that she is also in the running for the role of the Good Witch of the South.
In a recent interview with Backstage, the actor said he was so honest about the role he auditioned for while still filming Hulu’s “The Dropout,” in which he plays disgraced Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes.
“I have dreams that I’m still auditioning for ‘Wicked,'” she said. “Last summer when I played Elizabeth [in “The Dropout”], I was personally rehearsing on the weekends to play Glinda in the movie version of “Wicked” — because I wanted it to be like, “You know what? Yes, I had to play the last scene of ‘The Dropout’ on Tuesday. I’ll give you my Sunday.”
“I literally bowed out playing the hardest role of my life. But I think it also taught me how far I’ve come as a singer, which I really wanted to prove,” he continued. “Because since ‘Les Miz’ I’ve said I’ve got to get better. I’ve got to get better.” So whether it’s musicals, I’m finally ready for it.
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Seyfried portrayed Cosette in director Tom Hooper’s 2012 film adaptation of “Les Misérables” opposite Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman, which, unlike most film musicals, featured live vocal performances captured on set.
Seyfried previously spoke of the “absolute regret” she felt for her performance in the film and described her voice as “very weak” at the time.
“I wish I could do ‘Les Misérables’ all over again, because the live aspect of singing, I still have dreams about that,” he said on an episode of Variety’s “Actors on Actors” last year. “Since ‘Les Misérables “I’ve been working hard on strengthening my voice and gaining strength. I’ve also been working on my vibrato, which was completely gone. Technically, I’m not very happy with my singing.’
Of course, Seyfried lent her vocal talents to “Mamma Mia!” and the sequel, “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again.”
And while he won’t appear in “Wicked,” there’s still plenty to get excited about for the movie musical that’s been in development since 2004. Based on Gregory Maguire’s book of the same name, “Wicked” tells the story of what happened in the Land of Oz , and what happened in Oz, through the eyes of the witches Glinda (Grande) and Elphaba, played by the Tony-winner. Cynthia Erivo.
Directed by Jon M. Chu, who directed “Crazy Rich Asians” and the Broadway film adaptation of “In the Heights,” the film will be released in two parts and will feature several new songs.
The first “Wicked” movie will hit theaters in December 2024, and the sequel is expected to be released before next Christmas.