If you’ve been eagerly waiting for the big-screen adaptation of the beloved Broadway musical ‘Wicked’, your wait just got a little shorter. Universal Pictures has announced that the highly anticipated ‘Wicked Part Two’ will now be released on Thanksgiving 2025. The news was revealed by none other than the film’s director, Jon M. Chu, and stars Cynthia Erivo and Ariana Grande on their social media platforms.
It seems like Universal Pictures is onto something here. They’re turning the release of the ‘Wicked’ movies into a Thanksgiving tradition. Remember when ‘Wicked Part One’ was initially slated for a Christmas 2024 release? Well, it was moved up to November 27, 2024. Now, ‘Wicked Part Two’ follows suit, moving from its original December 25, 2025 release date to November 26, 2025.
Insiders suggest that releasing the movies during Thanksgiving allows them more time to build an audience over the year-end holidays. Additionally, it is believed to be beneficial from a consumer products standpoint.
‘Wicked Part Two’ boasts a star-studded cast including Cynthia Erivo, Ariana Grande, Michelle Yeoh, Jeff Goldblum, Jonathan Bailey, and Ethan Slater. Michelle Yeoh made history earlier this year by winning an Oscar for Best Actress.
The movies are based on the best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire and adapted for the screen by Winnie Holzman and Academy Award-winning composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz. The Broadway stage musical is produced by Universal Stage Productions.
‘Wicked’ tells the untold story of the witches of Oz. Cynthia Erivo stars as Elphaba, a defiant social outcast who has yet to discover her true power. Ariana Grande portrays Glinda, a popular young woman, gilded by privilege and ambition, who has yet to discover her true heart. As the two women forge an unlikely sisterhood, they empower each other in ways neither could foresee. However, as dark forces of prejudice and oppression loom, the choices they make will separate them and set them on different destinies that will change them, and Oz, forever.
Universal film boss Donna Langley expressed pride in ‘Wicked’ being a part of Universal’s legacy. She mentioned at CinemaCon in late April that the musical has become the fourth-longest-running in Broadway history. She also hinted that the movies are creating an entire world that will dazzle the screens.
With a star-studded cast, a beloved story, and the magic of Oz, ‘Wicked Part Two’ is set to be a Thanksgiving treat for audiences worldwide. The decision to move up its release date is likely to be welcomed by fans eager to return to the enchanting world of Oz. Mark your calendars for November 26, 2025, and get ready to be spellbound!
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