Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige Join NBC’s The Wiz

Mary J. Blige (left) and Queen Latifah. Photo: Getty Images

As previous NBC live musicals have proved, it's often better to cast a musician who can act than an actor who can sing. And so, EW reports that the network has cast Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige in its upcoming TV version of The Wiz. Latifah will play the titular Wiz, while Blige will play the Wicked Witch of the West. The stars who will ease on down the road remain uncast, which means our hopes that Jussie Smollett will get cast in this project — in any role! — remain undimmed.