Jonathan Bailey shall be “dancing through life” for his subsequent film function.
The “Bridgerton” actor is becoming a member of the two-part film adaptation of the musical “Wicked,” directed by Jon M. Chu. He’ll play Fiyero, a roguish prince who will get wrapped up in a love triangle between Oz’s rival witches, Elphaba (Cynthia Erivo) and Glinda (Ariana Grande).
Chu, whose credit embrace “Crazy Rich Asians” and “In The Heights,” confirmed the casting information on Twitter Wednesday by sharing a Selection article reporting that Bailey was “in talks” for the film.
“He’s perfect, they’re perfect,” Chu tweeted. “They’d be perfect together. Born to be forever….. I am too excited to pretend this hasn’t been happening. We have a Fiyero!!!!”
Based mostly on Gregory Maguire’s 1995 guide, “Wicked” is a reimagining of “The Wizard of Oz” that empathizes with Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West. The musical debuted in 2003 and is at present Broadway’s fifth longest-running present.
The 2 “Wicked” movies shall be produced by Common Footage, and are slated to be launched on Christmas in 2024 and in 2025.
Bailey is greatest identified for enjoying Lord Anthony Bridgerton on the Netflix smash “Bridgerton.” Years earlier than his tv breakout, the actor started his profession in theater on London’s West Finish, showing in “Les Misérables” as Gavroche when he was simply 8.
In 2019, he gained an Olivier Award (the British equal of a Tony) for his efficiency as Jamie in a gender-swapped manufacturing of Stephen Sondheim’s musical “Company.” Earlier this 12 months, he starred in Mike Bartlett’s play “Cock” alongside Taron Egerton.
“Wicked” is one in all many Hollywood initiatives that Bailey has lined up. Lately, he’s been noticed making a splash with Matt Bomer on the set of Showtime’s “Fellow Travelers.” The sequence is billed as “an epic love story and political thriller” that follows a homosexual couple throughout 4 a long time.