Wicked set demolished with days of filming left after cast join Hollywood strike

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New images have shown the Wicked set being completely demolished after the site was left abandoned – after the cast were forced to down tools with just 10 days of filming to go.

Work on the highly-anticipated project came to a halt when most of its stars, including Ariana Grande, joined the hundreds of thousands of actors on the Hollywood picket lines as part of the SAG-AFTRA strike.

Drone photos previously showed the set seemingly abandoned when the strike first started, with the yellow brick road through the middle of the vibrantly coloured thatch-roofed town gathering dust.

Now, new snaps seemingly show the set, located in Bedfordshire, UK, being completely dismantled, with large containers across the formerly bright neighbourhood.

A handful of the thatch-roofed homes have been completely taken away and a few of the containers appeared to be filled with pieces of the broken-down properties.

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Some of the unique homes were still standing although only parts of the yellow brick road could still be seen amid the debris strewn across the previously bustling set.

On one side of the set the scaffolding that used to hold up a few houses and one part of the synthetic landscape was now completely exposed with cranes also spotted across the small village seemingly taking aim at the homes still standing.

The Daily Mail previously reported that the production only had 10 days left of filming when the strikes began barely three weeks ago.

The adaptation is set to be released in two parts with the first premiering next November and the director, Jon M Chu, assured fans that the strike would not affect this date despite not having completed filming.

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The 30-year-old pop icon, who is starring in the film as Glinda the Good Witch, showed her support for the strikes despite the setbacks it may cause by sharing news of the protests last month.

Under strike conditions, current and prospective SAG-AFTRA union members cannot continue or negotiate any acting work.

This stipulation has put much of Hollywood on hold while another rule notes that actors also cannot promote any projects that have already finished filming which has already started affecting recent releases like Oppenheimer and Disney’s Haunted Mansion.

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