The movie adaptation of ‘Wicked’ will hit cinemas in 2019

The adaptation of the hit Broadway musical will be directed by Billy Elliot helmer Stephen Daldry

The movie adaptation of ‘Wicked’ is set to hit cinemas in 2019, Universal has announced.

The big-screen debut of the hit Broadway musical will be directed by Billy Elliot helmer Stephen Daldry, in collaboration with original writer Winnie Holzman and lyricist Stephen Schwartz.

The musical originally opened on Broadway in 2003, and is a prequel to the Wizard of Oz that focuses on the early relationship between the Wicked Witch of the West and The Good Witch of the South.

Announcing the film on Twitter, Universal wrote: “The musical phenomenon WICKED comes to the big screen. In theaters 12.20.19.”

The show has since gone on to become one of the highest-grossing musicals in the world and has been watched by over 50 million people worldwide.

Casting for the film is yet to be announced, but the original Broadway show was responsible for launching the careers of both Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel.

Universal previously achieved huge success when they adapted Les Miserables for the big screen in 2012 – with the film grossing over $400 million internationally, and securing a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Anne Hathaway in her role as impoverished factory worker Fantine.