Salma Hayek getting 'Wicked' on ABC
January 10th, 2011
01:58 PM ET

Salma Hayek getting 'Wicked' on ABC

Salma Hayek is going somewhere over the rainbow for her next project. The actress is producing a new ABC miniseries based on the Oz-inspired book "Wicked."

TVLine reports that the eight-hour film — which tells the sympathetic backstory of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West — will  differ from the hit Broadway musical in that there won't be any singing.

In addition, the storyline is expected follow Gregory Maguire's book more closely. Expect the miniseries to be less of a prequel to "The Wizard of Oz" and more of a parallel story, says TVLine.

While Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenowith originated the roles of Elphaba and Galinda (Glinda the Good Witch) in the "Wicked" stage musical, the cast for the ABC project has not yet been announced.

Which actresses would you like to see in the bewitching TV film? Let us know in a comment below.

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  1. Joshua

    Anyone, who has read the book, knows that it starts with Elphaba watching the "4some" walking to her home, talking badly about her as if they know her ( which the Lion knows her) then they flash back to her birth, her childhood, then the teenage years and how she became "wicked". THE MUSICAL WAS "BASED" ON THE BOOK, NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND! it is not about Elphaba and Glinda...only about Elphaba...

    February 19, 2011 at 7:11 am | Report abuse |
  2. Sara

    They'd be better off doing a huge blockbuster of the musical; I know realistically this won't happen for another decade, not while the stage version is still banking over a million each week....but truthfully, I think most audiences will find it hard to relate to the plot of the boggy, overly-complex and esoteric MacGuire novel. Maybe seeing it played out will help me better appreciate his take, though.

    January 12, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • kathy

      That's funny (not in a funny way), but I thought Wicked was a great book. I love the musical too, but I enjoyed such an imaginative and in depth retelling of a child's fairy tale turned into a very adult novel. It's one of my favorite books.

      February 25, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Katie

    Kat Denning as Elphaba

    Kristen Bell as Galinda

    January 12, 2011 at 4:04 am | Report abuse |
  4. Sarah

    Since the book "Wicked" follows Elphaba and Glinda from their teenage years through their late twenties, it has to be someone who is fairly flexible looking age-wise. Maybe Dianna Agron from Glee for Glinda and Lucy Hale from Pretty Little Liars for Elphaba?

    January 10, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      I will second the nomination of Dianna Agron for Galinda but while Lucy Hale is a good choice so is Anna Popplewell

      January 10, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Alexander Bernal

    Ann Hathaway as Elphaba and Michelle Williams as Glinda.

    January 10, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |

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