Wicked fans clamour to stop James Corden from starring in film adaption of hit musical | Ents & Arts News

Wicked fans have started a petition attempting to block James Corden from starring in the film adaptation of the hit musical.

Popstar Ariana Grande and British Oscar nominee Cynthia Erivo will appear in the movie, which fills in the back story of The Wizard of Oz.

But, fans are attempting to stop 43-year-old Corden from joining the cast list and as of Tuesday, the petition has over 60,000 signatures.

Comp -  Ariana Grande  and Cynthia Erivo will star in the film adaptation of Wicked
Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo will star in the film adaptation of Wicked. Pic: AP/Reuters

The actor and TV host had widely criticised roles in the film adaptions of Cats and The Prom.

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

Signatories cited reasons for adding their names including “we’ve suffered enough” and “he must be stopped”.

Corden, a household name in the US thanks to his The Late Late Show, is yet to publicly address the petition.

James Corden plays Bustopher Jones. Pic: Universal
Corden’s performance in Cats was widely criticised. Pic: Universal

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

In 2012 he won the Tony Award for best actor in a play for One Man, Two Guvnors.

Meryl Streep and James Corden in The Prom. Pic: Netflix
Corden played a gay character in The Prom. Pic: Netflix

But the film adaption Cats was so poorly received that Andrew Lloyd Webber, who wrote the original stage production’s music, bought a dog while describing the film as “off-the-scale all wrong”.

Corden’s performance in The Prom was also criticised. The star played a gay character in what some critics said was a distasteful portrayal.

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

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

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