There’s nothing but an empty set behind the wizard’s curtain on the set of “Wicked” … looking more like a ghost town as the SAG-AFTRA strike begins.
The Buckinghamshire village that Universal transformed into some vibrant sets for the Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo-led musical has become a dreamland for the cast and crew hard at work on the production … but as the actors’ strike went into effect Friday morning, the hundreds of cast and crew are nowhere to be found.
FYI, this movie has been brewin’ since first announced back in 2016 — obviously COVID was a big setback, but things were finally moving smoothly for the blockbuster before the strike.
HBO’s “House of the Dragon” is also a project that’s shooting overseas, but while that production’s still going forward, don’t think that makes the stars a bunch of scabs.
For those unaware, the actors in the ‘GoT’ prequel operate under the UK’s local union, Equity — which has strict rules against striking in solidarity with other unions like SAG-AFTRA.
“Wicked” is slated to come out next November … but who knows if the team will be able to defy the gravity of the strike in time for its release.