updated: Director Jon M. Chu has confirmed that Jonathan Bailey will play Fiyero in the next “Wicked” movies Diversity reported that the actor was in talks to join the cast.
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“It’s perfect, they’re perfect. They would be perfect together. Born to be forever….. I’m too excited to pretend this isn’t happening,” he added tweeted along with Diversity‘ a story. “We have Fiyero!!!! #JonathanBailey #Wicked.”
The “Bridgerton” star will play Fiyero in the two-part feature adaptation, which will be headlined by Ariana Grande as Glinda and Cynthia Erivo as Elphaba. The Universal Pictures films are scheduled for Christmas release in 2024 and 2025.
“Wicked” is a prequel to “The Wizard of Oz,” which 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 just one ‘Wicked’ movie but two!” Chu wrote in a statement when he announced the two parties. “With more space, we can tell the story of ‘Wicked’ as it was meant to be told while bringing even more depth and wonder to the journeys of these beloved characters.”
Stephen Schwartz, who wrote the music and lyrics for the original Broadway show, is adapting Winnie Holzman’s “Wicked” screenplay. The musical opened on Broadway in 2003 and continues, earning more than $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 senior executive vice president 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 the West End production of Mike Bartlett’s play “Cock.” He won the Laurence Olivier Award in 2019 for his work in the London production of “Company.”
Bailey is represented by Anonymous Material, Conway van Gelder Grant Ltd, CAA, Material and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush, Kaller, Gellman, Meigs & Fox.
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