The following are some examples online petition addressed to Universal Pictures, which is producing the forthcoming film, is urging producers to nix the “Late Late Show” host as a casting choiceThis is.
“James Corden in no way shape or form should be in or near the production of ‘Wicked’ the movie,” the petition reads. On Monday, the petition had received more than 37,000 signatures.
Over the weekend, Corden’s name began trending on social media in connection to the film and, needless to say, many of the comments were not supportive.
Prior to his global fame as a late-night host, Corden received glowing reviews and a Tony Award for his performance in the 2012 play “One Man, Two Guvnors,” which transferred to Broadway after a successful run in London.
Last year, he starred opposite Meryl Streep in the Netflix musical “The Prom,” and his portrayal of a gay, out-of-work actor who rallies on a lesbian teen’s behalf was scorched by critics. Vanity Fair deemed his performance “both appalling and terminally bland,” while Newsweek called him “offensively miscast.”
Representatives for Corden did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment.
Based on Gregory Maguire’s 1995 book, “Wicked” is a reimagining of “The Wizard of Oz” as told from the perspective of Oz’s witches Elphaba and Glinda. This musical premiered on BroadwayIn 2003, it starred Kristin Chesterton and Idina Mezel. Menzel won a Tony Award in 2003 for her performance as Elphaba.
Soon after, buzz began about an adaptation for movie. However, the idea remained unproven until it was finally announced earlier in the year. Jon M. Chu, whose credits include “Crazy Rich Asians,” had been tapped to direct.
Cynthia Erivo & Ariana Grande were in attendance last week officially joined the projectTo play Elphaba (or Glinda)