Thursday, July 30, 2015

Queen Latifah Cast as The Wiz


Queen Latifah cast as The Wiz in the 'The Wiz Live!' on NBC…

Queen Latifah will play The Wiz with Stephanie Mills as Auntie Em and Mary J. Blige as the wicked witch of the West Evillene. 

An unknown actress will be cast a Dorothy. 

The Wiz Live! airs on NBC in December followed by a broadway rival of the play. 

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Team QL!!

Anonymous said...

I wish they would have cast a man as the Wiz. Why not stick to how the place was written. It's going to be weird doing the preaching scene right before the Wiz is about to leave OZ. Why did they have to go the nontraditional route with casting.

Anonymous said...

Queen is a good actress but I think they should have cast her as Addaperle or Evillene. I just don't think it was a good idea to take away from the legency of the play and cast a woman as the Wiz. That's disrespectfully to Andre Deshields and Richard Pryor. Leave it to the white man (NBC) to mess up or black history for auidence draw. I get Queen is a big name BUT this is the same as them casting Beyoncé in Dreamgirls because of her name.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad for both QL and Stephanie Mills. Great casting thus far.

Anonymous said...

QL shoild have been Evillene.

Mary should have been maybe not in this at all.

Katt Williams woild have been a great Wiz.

Stephanie Mills will be wasted as Aunt Em if they not going to let her sing imo.

Not sure I'm feeling the idea of finding an unknown to be Dorothy surrounded by a cast major celebs. Maybe reach back to some folks from idol who used to slay the stage. Latoya London comes to mind.

Anonymous said...

Auntie Em sings "the feeling we once had" at the beginning of the play @11:03

Anonymous said...

Who's playing Scarecrow? Heard it was Jussie Smollett. QL is a true hustler lol always getting work in the biz. I don't mind her as the Wiz. Tisha Campbell or Tichina Arnold should replace MJB as wicked witch.

Anonymous said...

I like MJB but not as role of the wicked witch
Hell Stephanie or QL would have been better for the part that and MJB is more suited for Aunt Em
imo
Dam, Im not a Beyonce fan at all, but maybe she could play Dorothy?
Or is she too big of a megastar for that role?

Anonymous said...

Beyonce has already been casted as Glinda the good witch...go figure

I have really good memories about the original version, that I refuse to see this one...

Anonymous said...

Magic Johnson son"EJ" can be the wicked witch of the West.

Madea can be the Aunt Em
Wiz Khalifa can play the Scarecrow
Fantasia can play Dorothy
Terrence Howard as the doofy Lion
Nipsy Hustle as the Tin Man
Rihanna as Gloria the good witch, she can wear that yellow egg scramble dress again.

CeeLo as the leader of all the little background people.

Chris Brown as ToTo the dancing pup.

Anonymous said...

Oh BTW,

I thought there was an omen behind this production, recall many people involved passed away according to Stephanie Mills in an interview years ago.

Anonymous said...

@10:35 & 10:43am

EJ (magic Johnson) son will be perfect for the role as the Wiz.

The King Of The Real said...

WHY WHY DO WE DO THIS

The King Of The Real said...

WHY WHY DO WE DO THIS

Anonymous said...

Lmao at 305pm....perfect casting my dear!

Anonymous said...

Someone in production mst be a Mary J fan because she does not have the all the skills needed to pull off a good Evillene...IMO

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