"Lea Michele is fantastic and it'd be silly to say she wouldn't be under consideration [for the role of Elphaba]."
Schwartz also revealed to Broadway.com that the movie version may require audiences to put on 3D glasses to see the witches of Oz fly.
"It'll probably be in 3D because that's where all [movies] are going," Schwartz told us. "We're talking to a lot of potential directors, as a lot of people know, and I think we'll make a decision pretty soon." Among the considered directors isGlee creator Ryan Murphy, who already has experience adapting popular books for film with Running with Scissors and this year's Eat Pray Love. "We like Ryan and had a great meeting with him," Schwartz said of the director. "I've always been a big fan of his."
I love the casting choice of Lea for Elphaba, especially once I came to the realization that Idina Menzel would be too mature to play the part. If I had one wish granted for the Wicked movie, it would be that Lea play the green-skinned wicked Witch of the West! (and also that Idina and Kristin have cameos.)
But Mr. Schwartz, please not in 3D!!! Cast that thought from your mind...
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In the meantime, Lea is already providing the voice of Dorothy in upcoming animated Dorothy of Oz which is expected to hit theaters in spring of 2012 so if the Wicked role pans out she'll be both Dorothy and her nemesis!