UPDATED: Director Jon M. Chu has confirmed that Jonathan Bailey will play Fiyero in the ‘Wicked’ films after Variety reported that the actor was in talks to join the cast.
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“He’s perfect, they’re perfect. They would be perfect together. Born to be forever…..I’m too excited to pretend this didn’t happen,” he said tweeted together with Variety‘s story. “We have a Fiyero!!!! #JonathanBailey #Bad.”
The ‘Bridgerton’ star will play Fiyero in the two-part feature film starring Ariana Grande as Glinda and Cynthia Erivo as Elphaba. The Universal Pictures films are slated to release over Christmas in 2024 and 2025.
‘Wicked’ is a prequel to ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and tells the story of how Elphaba became the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch.
“We decided to give ourselves a bigger canvas and make not one ‘Wicked’ film, but two!” Chu wrote in a statement announcing the two-part. “With more space, we can tell the story of ‘Wicked’ the way it was intended, while adding even more depth and surprise to the journeys of these beloved characters.”
Stephen Schwartz, who wrote the music and lyrics for the original Broadway show, adapted the screenplay for “Wicked” with Winnie Holzman. The musical opened on Broadway in 2003 and is still running today, earning over $1 billion on Broadway. The show is second only to “The Lion King” as the highest grossing Broadway musical of all time.
Marc Platt will produce the films for his Universal-based Marc Platt Productions. David Stone will also produce. Universal’s senior executive vice president of production Erik Baiers and vice president of production development Lexi Barta will oversee the project.
In July, it was announced that Bailey will play Matt Bomer’s love interest in “Fellow Travelers,” Showtime’s limited series adaptation of Thomas Mallon’s novel of the same name. Bailey recently starred in a West End production of Mike Bartlett’s play ‘Cock’. He won a 2019 Laurence Olivier Award for his work in the London production of ‘Company’.
Bailey is represented by Anonymous Content, Conway van Gelder Grant Ltd, CAA, Relevant and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush, Kaller, Gellman, Meigs & TAUT.
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