For his part: WickedFilm director Jon M. Chu gushed about Ariana, 28, and Cynthia, 34, on social media and shared screenshots of the two stars’ faces from when they each learned they had landed the gig.

“These two witches!” Jon wrote. “The moment when I got to tell @cynthiaerivo, @arianagrande, that they were our Elphabas and Galinda in @WickedMovie @unistudios was very emotional. You will be amazed at what they can do! It is amazing. Ahhhh !!!”