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'Wicked' Director Says Filming Was 'Very Close' Before Cast Strikes: 'It Was Painful To Stop Shooting'

Jon M. Chu shares an update on Wicked

filming during the cast and writers’ strike.

On Wednesday, the director revealed on his

Instagram Stories that production on the film was on hold “until the strike is over,” and that filming was actually nearly complete before SAG-AFTRA took to the picket line.

“We’re only a few days away from completion, so we’re pretty close,” Zhu wrote. “It was very painful to stop this, but we will be back! When the time comes, we will finish strong.”

He continued: “My heart goes out to our cast and crew who fell short of what we came here to do together. Starring Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo, most details are being kept under wraps. But Chu did give fans their first look at their role in the live-action musical adaptation of Wicked

back in April.

Chu added that the release date of Wicked: Part 1

, currently scheduled for November 2025 2025, should not be affected by the strike. The second film is scheduled to premiere in November 27, 27.

Actors took to the picket line last week, along with writers who have been on strike since early May, after contract talks with studios and streamers collapsed.

The director also expressed his support for the SAG-AFTRA strike in his post, writing, “So much love” to the film’s cast and “our other beloved SAG members who are fighting for fair treatment! We stand with you.” Marvel’s Deadpool 3

, Ridley Scott’s Gladiator sequel, and Tom Cruise’s eighth Mission: Impossible movie are among the projects currently on hold. 1235535421



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