People Are Petitioning to Keep James Corden Out of the New 'Wicked' Movie

Over 35,000 fans are concerned he'll appear in yet another movie-musical

BY Megan LaPierrePublished Nov 8, 2021

Where pop-punk has the prevalent presence of Travis Barker, musicals have James Corden; he's simply everywhere.

But if the people have any say in the matter, Corden will stay at least 500 feet away from the new Jon M. Chu-directed film adaptation of Stephen Schwartz & Winnie Holzman's beloved 2003 musical Wicked.

Last week (November 4), it was announced that Ariana Grande would play the role of Glinda the Good Witch in the theatrical version of the long-running stage show, opposite Cynthia Erivo as Elphaba.

News of the leads' casting has led fans to get a little antsy about who else might be making an appearance in the film — namely Corden, who has held roles in several recent movie-musicals including Camila Cabello-helmed Cinderella, Cats and The Prom. (And that video of him gyrating dressed as a rat in the middle of Los Angeles traffic is permanently burned into our brains.)

At press time, a petition started three days ago (November 5) has received over 35,000 signatures. In the description, creator Mikel Miller stated: "James Corden in no way shape or form should be in or near the production of Wicked the movie. That's pretty much it."

And need they say more?

The late-night TV host, actor, singer and "Carpool Karaoke" instigator has become a figure that people love to hate. Even Andrew Lloyd Webber criticized his performance in Cats — which is generally considered a train-wreck as a whole, so that's kind of impressive.

Meanwhile, Grande has been tweeting about her desire to play Glinda since at least 2011, so Twitter should decidedly make itself heard in the production of Universal's forthcoming Wicked movie.

It feels like the intuitive next step here is to start another petition to get the guy from that "The Wicked Witch of the East, Bro!" Vine in the cast. Are you going to tell us we're wrong?

Director Chu was behind the recent theatrical adaptation of Lin Manuel Miranda's In the Heights. Read Exclaim!'s interview with the filmmaker from earlier this year.

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