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.
“He’s perfect, they’re perfect. They would be perfect together. Born forever…I’m too excited to pretend that didn’t happen,” he said. tweeted in the same way Varietythe story. “We have a Fiyero!!!! #JonathanBailey #Nasty.”
— Jon M. Chu (@jonmchu) September 21, 2022
The “Bridgerton” star will play Fiyero in the two-part feature film adaptation starring Ariana Grande as Glinda and Cynthia Erivo as Elphaba. Universal Pictures movies are slated for Christmas releases in 2024 and 2025.
“Wicked” is a prequel to “The Wizard of Oz,” about how Elphaba became the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch.
“We decided to give ourselves a bigger canvas and not just do one ‘Wicked’ movie but two!” Chu wrote in a statement when the two parties announced. “With more space, we can tell the story of ‘Wicked’ as it was meant to be told while bringing 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, is adapting the “Wicked” screenplay starring Winnie Holzman. The musical opened on Broadway in 2003 and continues to run, 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 Travellers,” 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 Laurence Olivier Award in 2019 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 & Fox.