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Something "Wicked" will come this way around Christmas 2021.

Universal has set a new release date for the film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical: Wednesday, December 22, 2021.

Originally, "Wicked" had been slated for Dec. 20, 2019, but Tom Hooper’s "Cats" movie took over that date. 

Stephen Daldry ("Billy Elliot," "The Crown") is set to direct from the book by Winnie Holzman and music by Stephen Schwartz.

"Wicked," which originated as a novel by Gregory Maguire, tells the story of the witches of Oz before and after Dorothy drops in. It centers on the unlikely friendship and later rivalry between Elphaba (eventually the Wicked Witch of the West) and Galinda (who becomes Glinda the Good Witch).

The popular musical has had an unbroken Broadway run since premiering in 2003. This year, it jumped over "A Chorus Line" to become Broadway’s sixth-longest running show.

The new release date pits "Wicked" against "Avatar 3," an untitled Disney live-action film, and an untitled Warner Bros. animated movie over the five-day holiday weekend.