The movie, which is being made by Universal, is due for release in December 2019 and bagging the much sought-after part would help Nicole establish herself as one of Tinsel Town’s biggest performers.
A source said: “Nicole has held early discussions with film bosses who think she’s perfect for the role of Elphaba.
“She’s been eyeing a career in acting for some time now, so playing the lead role in a such a popular musical would be a major coup.
“There’s still some way to go before a final decision but she’s very much in the frame for the job.”
The story, based on a 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire, is the prequel to the Wizard of Oz and shows Glinda and green-skinned Elphaba go to university together, where the latter transforms into the Wicked Witch of the West.
Nicole’s character sings the famous Defying Gravity song, one of theatreland’s most famous numbers.
She’s certainly got the pipes to pull it off on the big screen.
Nicole Scherzinger is starring in the upcoming adaptation of Dirty Dancing as Penny, Johnny’s first dancing partner. Sharing her excitement about the release of the TV movie, the star posted a steamy snap of herself mid-dance while wearing a black crop top and a black skirt on Twitter, simply hashtagging the post: “#sneakpeak #dirtydancing.”
The singer’s fans were quick to discuss the film, with one writing: “I can’t wait till we can see this in the UK – hopefully not too long,” while another added: “I’m so excited!” The X Factor judge has previously opened up about her initial reluctance to take on the role due to her stance on abortions, an issue that her character deals with in the film. She told The Daily Mail: “I got the role and I almost didn’t take it because I didn’t want to promote abortion, because my character has an abortion. But I was like, hopefully they can learn from you know her ways and I can be a positive influence. My mum got pregnant with me when she was 17 and had me when she was 18. She chose. Her parents were never going to let her have an abortion. So I came out, so I just want to, you know, encourage everybody to keep your babies.”
The cast also includes Abigail Breslin as Baby, and Debra Messing as Marjorie Houseman, Baby’s mum. The Will and Grace star opened up to ABC about how much the original film meant to her, explaining: “I remember being a kid when it came out and sitting in the movie theatre and thinking, ‘This is the first time I’ve actually seen a leading lady who isn’t perfect. It was a turning point for me. Like I thought, ‘Oh, I’m Jewish and I’m awkward, oh I’m Baby!'”
The three-hour TV movie will be broadcast on ABC on 24th May and will take the story beyond where the movie ended in 1987.
Dev Patel and Nicole Scherzinger crossed paths with “Slumdog Millionaire” (she sang a version of theme song “Jai Ho” with the Pussycat Dolls) and now they are crossing paths again – with a another movie!
Nicole may not be featured on the soundtrack of Dev’s latest Oscar-nominated film “Lion” but she’s singing everywhere one of the songs from the album. “Never Give Up”, an original song written and performed by Sia, is the one. Sia has apparently been so busy and unable to fulfill her contractual obligations to perform her song so movie’s producers asked noted powerhouse singer Nicole Scherzinger to fill in. She performed a few weeks ago at pre-Oscars party in Los Angeles and now, with the imminent release of “Lion” on DVD (April 11), producers are pushing fresh new promo on the media and asked Nicole to perform “Never Give Up” live on Late Late Show with James Corden”.