Michelle Yeoh hesitant to introduce grandson to “Wicked,” cites concerns about villainous image
Michelle Yeoh recently revealed her hesitation about introducing her newborn grandson, Maxime, to one of her upcoming projects, Jon M. Chu’s adaptation of the Broadway musical Wicked. While discussing her film choices with Variety on the red carpet for the Los Angeles premiere of her Netflix series The Brothers Sun, Yeoh expressed concerns about her character, Madame Morrible, being perceived as a villain due to her role as a corrupt headmistress.
Yeoh contemplated the potential impact on her grandson, stating, “I play a witch… What is not going to traumatise them?” Ultimately, she decided that perhaps her movies might not be suitable for him until he’s older. She playfully wished the audience luck in witnessing her singing in the upcoming “Wicked” films, acknowledging her initial insecurities about her singing voice.
The two-part Wicked adaptation, derived from Gregory Maguire’s novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, follows the complex relationship between Elphaba (Cynthia Erivo) and Glinda (Ariana Grande). Yeoh’s character, Madame Morrible, is the corrupt headmistress of Shiz University, adding her singing prowess to popular musical numbers.
Yeoh had previously admitted feeling insecure about her singing voice but later embraced the experience, describing it as surprisingly enjoyable. Meanwhile, her latest project, the Netflix action comedy series The Brothers Sun, released recently, features Yeoh in the role of Mama Sun, the mother of Charles and Bruce Sun. The series unfolds with Charles protecting his family in Los Angeles after his father, a Taiwanese triad leader, is shot, uncovering unexpected troubles from Taiwan.