Thousands of people have signed a petition to ban James Corden from the movie adaptation of the musical Wicked.
The Broadway hit, which is a prequel to The Wizard of Oz, will star Cynthia Erivo and Ariana Grande and will be directed by Jon M Chu, who worked on Crazy Rich Asians.
The petition, which has already gathered 28,000 signatures, was posted on Change.org and directly addressed to Universal which is producing the film.
It reads: “James Corden in no way shape or form should be in or near the production of Wicked the movie… that’s pretty much it.”
Corden was trending on social media after Erivo and Grande were announced as Elphaba and Glinda respectively.
His association with musicals appears to come from the fact he has recently been cast in several theatre to film productions.
He featured in Tom Hooper’s Cats, Ryan Murphy’s The Prom, Rob Marshall’s Into the Woods, and Amazon’s recent release Cinderella.
Universal’s version of Wicked has been in the works since 2004 and production is set to finally begin in the UK in June 2022.
Fans took to Twitter to share their thoughts on the petition.
One person wrote: “We have suffered enough.”
“I swear to god, if James Corden is not cast as the Wizard in the Wicked movie, I might go see it,” added another.
A third person pitched in, saying: “I’m not gonna get excited for Wicked until we have a trailer and I can confirm James Corden is nowhere to be found on the film.”
“Me getting all the signatures I can on the Keep James Corden away from Wicked petition,” penned a fourth. “The Lord’s work is not always easy, but I am yet a humble servant.”
Podcast host Jack Remmington even joined in, writing: “I’ve never signed a petition so quickly in my life.”
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