Evil fans demand to stop James Corden from staring in movie adaptation of hit musical

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 10:30 am GMT

Popstar Ariana Grande and British Oscar nominee Cynthia Erivo will appear in the film, which complements the Wizard of Oz story.

But, fans are trying to stop Corden, 43, from joining the cast list, and by Tuesday the petition had more than 60,000 signatures.

The actor and TV host had widely criticized roles in film adaptations of Cats and The Prom.

The petition, aimed at Universal Studios producers, states that Corden “in no way, no form should be in or near the production of Wicked the movie.”

The signatories cited their reasons for adding their names, including “we have suffered enough” and “it must be stopped”.

Corden, a name well known in the United States thanks to his The Late Late Show, has yet to publicly respond to the petition.

Despite opposition for his potential cast of Wicked, Corden is an accomplished star on the stage.

In 2012, he won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for One Man, Two Guvnors.

But the Cats movie adaptation was so badly received that Andrew Lloyd Webber, who wrote the music for the original stage production, bought a dog while describing the film as “all wrong.”

Corden’s performance in The Prom has also been criticized. The star played a gay character in what some critics have called unpleasant.

Wicked will be directed by Crazy Rich Asians filmmaker Jon M Chu.

The Broadway production debuted in 2003 and has since surpassed $ 1 billion (£ 742 million) in revenue – only the third show to do so alongside The Phantom Of The Opera and The Lion King.

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