Jonathan Bailey is in converses with join the cast of Jon M. Chu’s “Wicked” movies.
The “Bridgerton” star will have Fiyero in the two-part feature adaptation featured by Ariana Grande as Glinda and Cynthia Erivo as Elphaba. The Universal Pictures films are set for release on Christmas in 2024 and 2025.
“Wicked” is a prequel to “The Wizard of Oz,” recounting the tale of how Elphaba became the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Great Witch.
“We decided to give ourselves a bigger canvas and make not just one ‘Wicked’ movie but two!” Chu wrote in a statement when announcing the two-parter. “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 for these beloved characters.”
Stephen Schwartz, who wrote the music and verses to the original Broadway show, is adjusting the “Wicked” screenplay with Winnie Holzman. The melodic opened on Broadway in 2003 and keeps on running, acquiring more than $1 billion on Broadway. The show is second just to “The Lion Lord” as the highest grossing Broadway musical of all time.
Marc Platt will produce the movies for his Universal-based Marc Platt Productions. David Stone will likewise create. Universal’s senior executive VP of production Erik Baiers and VP of production development Lexi Barta will administer the project.
In July, it was declared that Bailey will play Matt Bomer’s love interest in “Fellow Travelers,” Showtime’s limited series adaptation of Thomas Mallon’s novel of a similar name. Bailey recently featured in a West End production of the Mike Bartlett 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.